Ever dream of sailing across the Atlantic? Me either. And reading this book didn’t make me want to—although I sure enjoyed the vicarious journey. William F. Buckley was best known as a political commentator, but he was also a novelist, an editor, a skier, a harpsichordist (yes, really), and an enthusiastic sailor. Not that this cruise was a great hardship; Buckley traveled in luxury, with the best food and wine, music, movies, and books. He was also accompanied by good friends and—though he was in charge—a crew. What makes the book such a pleasure is Buckley’s descriptions of the people and places, of the sea and sky. Buckley was a skillful stylist, and some critics have acclaimed this his best book. I agree.
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