Making It (NYRB Classics)

Making It (NYRB Classics) Author Norman Podhoretz
ISBN-10 1681370808
ISBN-13 9781681370804
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher NYRB Classics
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A controversial memoir about American intellectual life and academia and the relationship between politics money and education Norman Podhoretz the son of Jewish immigrants grew up in the tough Brownsville section of Brooklyn attended Columbia University on a scholarship and later received degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Cambridge University Making It is his blistering account of fighting his way out of Brooklyn and into then out of the Ivory Tower of his military service and finally of his induction into the ranks of what he calls the Family the small group of left wing and largely Jewish critics and writers whose opinions came to dominate and increasingly politicize the American literary scene in the fifties and sixties It is a Balzacian story of raw talent and relentless and ruthless ambition It is also a closely observed and in many ways still pertinent analysis of the tense and more than a little duplicitous relationship that exists in America between intellect and imagination money social status and power The Family responded to the book with outrage and Podhoretz soon turned no less angrily on them becoming the fierce neoconservative he remains to this day Fifty years after its first publication this controversial and legendary book remains a riveting autobiography a book that can be painfully revealing about the complex convictions and needs of a complicated man as well as a fascinating and essential document of mid century American cultural life

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