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Best-selling social and political satirist & editor of “Forbes FYI”

Top selling satirist and veteran Washington insider Christopher Buckley has been called "one of the wittiest - and most fearless - men of our day." With Little Green Men he poked fun at the political pundits who have become a staple of Capitol Hill culture and illustrated just how much our nation's leaders and alien life have in common. His previous bestsellers include God Is My Broker, a look at the the motley crowd of financial and self-help gurus; Wry Martinis, a sendup of mass culture and national politics; and Thank You for Smoking, an uncannily-timed parody of the tobacco lobby. Buckley's latest book is No Way to Treat a First Lady.

Considered one of the funniest writers of his generation, Buckley is a man of many and varied talents: he was managing editor of Esquire at age 24, served as a speechwriter for Vice President George Bush, authored six bestsellers and is currently editor of Forbes FYI. In addition, his regular humor columns for The New Yorker have become one of the magazine's most popular features.

As with his writing, Buckley's lecture presentation is marked by a savvy understanding of the truth behind the headlines, and a perceptive wit that holds no target sacred. His experience and knowledge deliver a comedic look at national politics and world affairs that is guaranteed to leave any audience both thinking and laughing.

Christopher Buckley was born in New York City. Rebellious by nature, he left home at 17 to work as a deck boy on a Norwegian freighter. For the next six months he traveled to Panama, Manila, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

Buckley eventually went to Yale (the faculty of which he lovingly calls "godless multiculturalists"), where he majored in English and started the Yale Daily News Magazine. At 19, he was discovered by New York editor, Clay Felker, who published several of Buckley's earliest efforts. In 1976, Buckley was hired by Esquire. A year later, at age 24, he became the magazine's managing editor.

In 1982, Buckley published his first book, Steaming to Bamboola, a non-fiction account of three months spent on a tramp freighter. The Washington Post applauded it as "the Love Boat on bad LSD; McHale's Navy meets Jerzy Kozinski."

In 1981, Buckley took a break from publishing to serve two years as a speechwriter for then-Vice President George Bush. Before being hired, Bush asked him not to write a tell-all memoir about the experience. Buckley kept his word.

Instead he wrote a parody of all self-serving Washington memoirs, The White House Mess. Praised as "one of the funniest books ever written about Washington," it became a national best seller. In 1991, Buckley followed it with Wet Work, a comic thriller about a wealthy American who wages a personal battle against Peruvian druglords.

When he is not writing fiction, Buckley works as editor of Forbes FYI, Forbes magazine's business-leisure quarterly. He shuttles regularly between his New York office and his Washington home, where he resides with his wife and two children.

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