“The recently published book, God and Man at Yale,” McGeorge Bundy thundered in the pages of The Atlantic, “written by William F. Buckley, Jr., a 1950 graduate of Yale University, is a savage attack on that institution as a hotbed of ‘atheism’ and ‘collectivism.’”
“I find the book,” Bundy continued, “is dishonest in its use of facts, false in its theory, and a discredit to its author and the writer of its introduction.” Apparently it made an impression.
Published soon after Buckley’s graduation, God and Man at Yale launched a debate, a controversy, and Buckley’s career. Four years later, Bill Buckley would found this magazine.
Now, National Review Institute has chosen God and Man at Yale as the subject of our first William F. Buckley Jr. essay contest, in which college freshmen and sophomores will read the book and apply its insights to life on today’s college campus. The winning essay will be published here at National Review Online.
If you’re a writer — or would like to be a writer — give it a shot. But hurry, because entries are due tonight, July 31, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
You can learn more about the contest here.