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Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley at the 2008 Texas Book Festival.
Born December 24, 1952 (1952-12-24) (age 57)
Stamford, Connecticut
Nationality American
Occupation Author, Satirist, Novelist,
Spouse(s) Lucy Gregg Buckley
Children Caitlin Gregg Buckley, William Conor Buckley, Jonathan Buckley
Parents William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Buckley

Christopher Taylor Buckley (born December 24, 1952)[1] is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Wet Work, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, and, most recently, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir. He is the son of William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Buckley.



After a classical education at the Portsmouth Abbey School, Buckley, like his father, graduated from Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University in 1975, as a member of Skull and Bones. He became managing editor of Esquire Magazine and later worked as the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. This experience led to his novel The White House Mess, a satire on White House office politics and political memoirs. (The title refers to the White House lunchroom, which is known as the "mess" because the Navy operates it.)

Thank You for Smoking is another satire, its protagonist a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, Nick Naylor. He followed that with more humor about Washington in the form of Little Green Men, about the government agency investigating UFO sightings. His No Way To Treat A First Lady has the president's wife on trial for assassinating her husband and Florence of Arabia is about a do-gooding State Department bureaucrat in the Middle East. His one serious novel, Wet Work, is about a billionaire businessman avenging his granddaughter's death from drugs.

Thank You for Smoking was adapted into a movie written and directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Aaron Eckhart. It was released on 17 March 2006.

Buckley also wrote the non-fiction Steaming To Bamboola, about the merchant marine, as well as contributed to an oral history of Milford, Connecticut, and is an editor at Forbes Magazine. Buckley has written for most national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, US News & World Report, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler and numerous humorous essays in The New Yorker.[2]

Obama endorsement

For a brief time in summer and fall 2008, Christopher Buckley also wrote the back-page column for National Review, the conservative magazine founded by his father. This came to an end after Buckley endorsed the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama in October 2008. Buckley's endorsement, entitled "Sorry Dad, I'm Voting for Obama",[3] appeared in The Daily Beast. He chose The Daily Beast to avoid complications with National Review. After many readers and contributors expressed their displeasure, Buckley was fired from National Review.[4][5] Buckley continues to write columns for The Daily Beast.[6].


He is married to Lucy Gregg Buckley with whom he has two children, Caitlin and William (born in 1988 and 1991). He also has a son Jonathan (born 2000), from a relationship with former Random House publicist Irina Woelfle. [7] [8]



Satirical novels

Films based on Buckley's novels


  • Steaming to Bamboola - The World of a Tramp Freighter (1983)
  • Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation's Capital (2003)


  • My Harvard, My Yale (1981) (contributor, segment "Stoned in New Haven") (university biography)
  • Campion: A Play in Two Acts (1990) (written with James Macguire) (play)
  • Wet Work (1991) (novel)
  • Wry Martinis (1997) (collected humor and journalism)
  • Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir (2009) ISBN 0-44-654094-3 (Biographical)


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