People weren’t accustomed to books like this in 1951. Our great universities were treated like national monuments. How dare a recent graduate charge Yale — then celebrating its 250th birthday — with hostility to Christianity and free enterprise?
A quarter-century after “God & Man at Yale first appeared,” Buckley added an important preface in which he reviewed the furious response the book provoked — and, alas, how effectively the liberal Establishment dealt with its critics. Nonetheless, God and Man at Yale remains both a stirring attack on an ossified liberal academia — and a clarion call to defend America’s first principles from its worst enemies.