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Best Of Enemies Review

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Brought together by ABC TV News to discuss the 1968 Republican and Democratic conventions, liberal provocateur Gore Vidal and Catholic conservative William F. Buckley detested each other and didn't even try to hide it.

★★★★

The objectivity of American television news was the chief casualty of the debates chronicled in this outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history.

Hired by ABC to discuss the 1968 Republican and Democratic conventions, liberal provocateur Gore Vidal and Catholic conservative William F. Buckley detested each other and littered their half-hour exchanges with vituperative and often woundingly personal insults. Expertly contextualised by the insightful talking heads, this is a hugely entertaining exercise in unabashed intellectual nostalgia.

Outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history.

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