Two college students, Woodroe Raynor and Leonora Goldstein, meet in the fall of 1960 before embarking on separate paths. But a singular romance blooms as the two make their way through a tumultuous era, navigating the political fault line that would change American history. A sweeping tale that takes us from the Hungarian uprising of 1956, Cold War espionage, and tempestuous romance, to political skullduggery in 1960s America.
How this book has never been reviewed is beyond me. First let me say that I’m an ardent tree hugger, so William F. Buckley was off my radar. On a whim, I did Saving the Queen, and from that point on, I was hooked. Along the way, I learned a lot of new words since Mr. Buckley had a prodigious vocabulary and an innate talent for using the perfect word at the perfect time. Beethoven was known for picking the next inevitable note, and the same could be said about Buckley and the next inevitable word. When I listened to Getting it Right, the first thing I did was listen to it again. If you were part of the ‘60s, with some knowledge of current events and politics at that time, this is a must read/listen. While Mr. Buckley’s political tilt is evident in all his books, it is subtle, reasonably objective, and at no time does he beat you up with his point of view, which cannot be said about someone like Ayn Rand or Tom Clancy. The insights into the Birchers and Ayn Rand were fascinating. The Birchers were probably not unlike today’s tea baggers. That is, the conservatives want their vote sans any close ties. Of course, the same could be said about Green Peace and the left. What I never knew was that Ms. Rand was much more than an author she was the leader of a movement and more than a little full of herself. While the events are chronicled in story form, Buckley stated in the prologue that much of the telling was based on firsthand accounts. In short, it is very believable, or as Bill might have said, “has a high degree of verisimilitude.”