God and Man at Yale by William F. Buckley, Jr.

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God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom," is a book published in 1951 by William F. Buckley, Jr., who eventually became a leading voice in the American conservative movement in the latter half of the twentieth century. Buckley wrote the book based on his undergraduate experiences at Yale University. In the book, he criticized Yale and its faculty for 'forcing' liberal ideology on its students. He criticized individual professors by name for their trying to break down students' religious beliefs through their teaching. Buckley also claimed in the book that Yale was denying its students any sense of individualism by 'forcing' them to embrace the growing creed of liberalism. God and Man at Yale received mixed reviews when it was first published. Many American academics and pundits underestimated the ultimate impact that the book and Buckley would have on American society, thinking that it would quickly fade into the background. Quite the opposite happened, as Buckley used it as a sort of launching pad into the public eye. He went on to be an active force in the conservative movement through the political magazine he started, National Review, and his television show Firing Line. The book and its author played a crucial role in tying together the different factions of the arising conservative movement to form a potent political force.

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The 196th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 44th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)

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