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Christopher Buckley
Christopher Buckley, son of political commentator and author William F. Buckley, appears to have stolen some of his father's literary thunder. The younger Buckley, 34, seen in a March 10, 1986 photo taken in Washington, where he introduced his first novel, "The White House Mess," which is the Literary Guild’s alternate selection for the month of March. (UPI Photo/Vince Mannino/Files)
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Christopher Taylor Buckley (born December 24, 1952) 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.

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