From the December 2012 Ballot Access News by Richard Winger:
The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan, by Timothy Stanley, 455 pages, 2012.
The author is a historian at Oxford University who specializes in U.S. history. His biography of Pat Buchanan includes three chapters on Buchanan’s experience winning the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, and running as its nominee. There are so few books about the Reform Party, especially its history after 1996, that this book is valuable. Also, the author is a talented writer, and the book is so interesting it is hard to put it down.
Unfortunately, the book’s chapters on the Reform Party are not well researched. For those chapters, the author depended on his extensive interviews with Pat and Bay Buchanan, plus articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post. He did not interview leaders of the Reform Party nor of the Natural Law Party. One chapter is “Pat Buchanan vs. the Flying Buddhists.” This is a reference to Buchanan’s struggle with John Hagelin, leader of the Natural Law Party, for the nomination of the Reform Party. “Flying Buddhists” is inaccurate as a nickname for the Transcendental Movement created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the world’s Natural Law Parties. It is true that the TM movement practiced yogic flying but to the extent TM has religious roots, they are Hindu, not Buddhist.
Also the author didn’t understand the process by which candidates for the Reform nomination were supposed to qualify. He says candidates were obliged to get signatures from all 50 states, and then the people who signed those ballot access petitions would automatically receive a mail ballot to let them help choose the Reform Party nominee. Actually, the Reform Party was already on the ballot in 1999 in 21 states, and the candidates were expected to collect signatures only in the other 29 states, not all 50 states.