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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261380
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.8 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,899,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This book should be read as part of a three-part process. First read Philip K. Dick's "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch," then this book, and finish with "The Illuminatis Trilogy" by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson to get the correct context.
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Bill Buckley is a giant of intellect and a hero of the conservative movement. This novel details influential times in his life. It is well written and, if one is politically savvy, enjoyable, but not a masterpiece. My opinion is that this book should be viewed as part of a three-setp process, which involves Ayn Rand.
Buckley was influenced by Rand and this book details the struggle in the early 1960s between the Randian, Goldwater and Rockefeller wings of the pre-Vietnam Republican party.
My suggestion is to read this book, then watch Rand's "The Fountainhead" on video, then read Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" (all 1168 pages). Then you should get the overall context.
STEVEN TRAVERS
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This book really had an impact on my thinking. When in graduate school I was really taken with the objectivist school of thought. I fancied myself a libertarian, and thought that I was SO sophisticated. Really I had discovered a sure fire way to get A's on public policy papers by using a simple formula for virtually every problem. The argument is simply this: the government has a monopoly on the use of force; therefore the government is exceedingly dangerous. Free-markets operate without coercion. The end.
As a younger conservative, I wasn't all that familiar with the John Birch crowd. Older teachers in the faculty room often accused me of being a "Bircher" because I was a conservative. This book introduced me to the more hysterical elements of anti-communism.
So where does modern conservatism come from? It seems to me that this book is an allegory, not a history. It is no mistake that the former Objectivist and the former Bircher get married in the end, and he goes off to fight in Vietnam. In a way, this is exactly what happened to the conservative movement. Philosophically speaking, the modern conservative coalition is made up of social conservatives and libertarians, among others. This book is effective as an allegory showing this philosophical development. Artfully done!
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By Marcus Epstein on April 19 2004
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Both critics and admirers of William F. Buckley credit him with sanitizing the Right. By writing many dissenting voices out of polite society, they say that Buckley made the modern respectable conservative movement possible. His fans will say that this was necessary to make the conservative message acceptable to the public and made the Reagan and Gingrich "revolutions" possible, while his foes will say that he kept the conservative movement from truly conserving anything. While Buckley also excommunicated libertarians, isolationists, and many other dissenters the two most famous cases were that of the John Birch Society and Ayn Rand.
Buckley's latest novel, Getting It Right, takes a look at these two movements and implicitly shows why it was necessary for the excommunication of the Randians and Birchers. Getting It Right chronicles the ideological journeys of two young anti-communist lovers who met at the famous Sharon Summit where Young Americans for Freedom was founded. Leonora Goldstein was a young Randian who went to work as a secretary for Barbara Branden, and Woodroe Raynor who works for the John Birch Society and follows the eccentric General Ed Walker. Walker was a World War II hero who led the federal troops that forcibly integrated Little Rock. He was later forced out of the army for making speeches to troops in Germany that accused many major American politicians and media figures of being Communist. He then went on to protest the federal government's attempt to integrate Ole Miss.
The two figures argue amongst each other showing flaws in both systems and they of course end up getting engaged as respectable National Review conservatives. Unfortunately, their intellectual odyssey to get there was largely uninteresting.
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In looking at the other reviews, they seem to come down a little heavy on the prose. I've never known historical fiction to be as flowing as well-written general fiction and don't expect it to be.
Anyway, one of the best insights here was when Goldwater's aides were explaining to him the philosophy of Ayn Rand. The 'street' politics, as Buckley refers to them here, are nudged both directly and indirectly by these intellectual and fringe movements. Think Ayn Rand's high-brow philosophy had no effect on modern Republican thought? Guess again (also, see Greenspan). For me, it underscored how any standing "President" is truly just a figurehead for a broader movement when so many seem to overlook this and assume that he is where it all starts and ends......or "voting for the man", as I've heard it put. In other words, George Bush doesn't have to know the intricacies of everything that happens in relation to foreign policy because he's not basing decisions merely on his personal ideas anyway. That wasn't the point of the book, but an interesting aspect of it, I thought.

If you are far too into politics, as I am, you'll definitely enjoy this insight into the forces that determined the direction of the conservative movement in the last century.
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