Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr.

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Orson is a young boy whose mother works at a U.S. Army base in Germany in the 1950s. There, he becomes a fan of a G.I. stationed at the base, one Elvis Presley, whose music is played over and over on the radio. When Orson is caught stealing recordings of Elvis's tunes from the PX, the attendant publicity catches the star's attention, and he comes to visit his young fan. Thus begins a lifelong friendship. As Elvis's career rockets ever higher and his behavior becomes ever more erratic, the two share many adventures. The sixties explode, and Elvis becomes the icon of the nation, while Orson, a college demonstrator, drifts away from regular life while looking for something of substance to believe in. Each man is an emblem of his time, as social conventions crumble, barriers fall, and the cultural landscape changes forever.
A panorama of change and dissent, of the ability of friends to stay true despite distance and time, Elvis in the Morning portrays a nation in change and the effects of celebrity on innocence.

About William F. Buckley Jr.

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William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review and was the host of television's longest-running program, Firing Line. The author of fourteen other novels, many of them bestsellers, he lives in Connecticut.
Published July 10, 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 344 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Buckley wisely refuses to play up the kitsch value, sticking to a generous portrayal of Elvis as a decent-enough, albeit delusional, musical genius who goes nowhere without his close coterie of advisors and friends (the “Memphis Mafia”) but will drop everything to have a long chat on the phone wi...

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One might expect pundit and bestselling author Buckley (Spytime; Elvis in the Morning) to offer a revisionist take on the Nurem

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Buckley uses the singer as bait to hook readers into following the life and times of Elvis's pal, Orson Killere.

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