4: The Buckley Debates

In Episode Four, Vidalotry explores the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley, Jr. Host Ryan Breegle looks at how Gore prepared his witty remarks in advance, the speed at which the debate became nothing more than a war of words, and how both men were greatly affected by the aftermath.

On Experiencing Gore Vidal, William F Buckley Jr, Esquire, August 1969
A Distasteful Encounter with William F Buckley Jr, Gore Vidal, Esquire, September 1969
Palimpsest: A Memoir, Gore Vidal, 1995
Snapshots In History’s Glare, Gore Vidal, 2009
Empire Of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, Jay Parini, 2015
Buckley Vs Vidal: The Historic 1968 ABC News Debates, 2015

Buckley / Vidal debates, ABC News, 1968
Braden / Buchanan, 1984

Vidalotry: A Gore Vidal Podcast
Vidalotry: A Gore Vidal Podcast
Ryan Breegle / We Own This Town

Taking a look at the wit and wisdom of Gore Vidal in his own words, from Ryan Breegle.