Stained Glass by William F. Buckley Jr.Of the Oakes stories, Ive found this to be one of the heaviest in terms of agonizing over the protagonists dilemma. It is also one of the more deliberately-staged alternate realities or what if scenarios, in which a much more compelling movement for German reunification is inserted into the post-war West German federal elections (a more plausible opponent to Adenauer). Still, it is fun, with relief coming in occasional laugh-out-loud moments of WFBs signature devilish humor. As always with Oakes, it is also fun to play what is real and what is fiction, something that WFB took delightfully beyond todays restraints of Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead....
Perhaps the most artful part of this novel is detailed description of the restoration of St. Anselms chapel, a 14th century gothic church on the estate of Count Axel Wintergrin. Wintergrin is the subject of Oakes mission and the reconstruction, consistent with American aid offered to post-war Germany, is his cover. Yet a fair portion of the novel is devoted to describing the careful and well-executed pursuit of restoring the chapel to its former beauty. The project becomes Oakes true passion as well as his only escape from the grim turns his official objective takes.
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: The Socialist Workers' Party and American Politics
No Conservative thinker of last century struck more ire and fear into the heart of the American left than William F. Buckley Jr. The West is hesitant before making their next move. However, prodding the nuclear holding Soviets — who already assume Wintegrin is funded by Western forces — could bring about the apocalypse. What to do? Keep a watchful eye on Wintergrin with the ace C. Many actual American political characters, German parliamentary parties, and post-war situations exist freely and frequently throughout the novel.
Stained Glass is an American spy thriller novel by William F. Buckley, Jr., the second of eleven novels in the Blackford Oakes series. Its first paperback edition .
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There is always the possibility that he just might be disguising still-buried facts as fiction. And, by all means, the style. A romp and something more.
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