Getting It Right

Getting It Right

by William F. Buckley Jr.

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ISBN-13: 9781621571391
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 311
Sales rank: 1,171,386
File size: 453 KB

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Getting It Right 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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William Buckley has attempted to fictionalize the substance of his ideological dispute with Ayn Rand, the famous novelist. Alas, its focus is not ideological but purely personal, and this book amounts to nothing but an personal attack. Moreover, it is an inaccurate one, as well. For his evidence, Buckley selectively relies upon highly discredited sources (like the Brandens) when it suits them, and ignores them when it does not. This book is poorly written and highly inaccurate. Rand's relationship with such early Right figures as John Chmaberlain and Henry Hazlitt predates Buckley's own--and survived his alleged 'purge' of Rand from the Conservative Movement (to which Rand had never applied for membership.) Rand's influence produced top advisors to President Reagan and even Fed Chairman Greenspan. Buckley may wish to marginalize Rand in the eyes of history, but he cannot. Buckley's thesis of 'right thinkers' having to 'purge' (as he did) such elements simply ignores history, fact and logic. It amounts to wishful thinking on Buckley's part. Unfortunately, this book, in so many ways, reveals the author's deep bigotry against any who, like Rand, disagree with him about religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
William Buckley needs a novel to be his vehicle of attack on Rand, since it is both fiction and ad hominem. But to make-up dialogue that he (no expert on Rand's thought) supposes Rand would have engaged in is too much. It is just as juvenile as the old Doonesbury cartoons spoofing Reagan or Bush were--and just as substantive. Buckley takes as gospel the well-refuted work of the Brandens, sources he would otherwise dismiss out of hand (say, for their own criticisms of Buckley.) No matter, Buckley builds fiction upon fiction. Murray Rothbard and Jerome Tuccille and Kay Nolte Smith and others have done much the same. Few intellectual figures have been so unfairly fictionalized as Rand. The weakness of Buckley's case can be measured by the very comparison of Rand to the John Birch leadership. Have the Birchers produced a Greenspan or a Martin Anderson? Do their students populate the great think-tanks? Envy of Rand's appeal to the young has long motivated Buckley, as has a desire to justify his magazine's brutally unfair review of Atlas Shrugged (whose ideas were actually compared to Nazism!!) Buckley, while his magazine has been a powerful tool for the Right, has himself achieved nothing of intellectual substance. Rand will endure the Ages.