Making It

Making It 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 Theologi

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,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 than a little duplicitous relationship that exists in America between intellect and imagination, money, social status, and power The Family responded to Podhoretz s 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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  1. Norman Podhoretz is an American neoconservative writer and editor.

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  1. Once he gets done reading us his high school and college transcripts, Norman Podhoretz does an admirable job of taking us into the literary world of the 1950s He uses an autobiographical approach to explore universal ideas but as a result something he wouldn t have anticipated his book is best when it is not about him.Now back to those annoying academic transcripts About 80 of Making It s first 100 pages are not enjoyable For all the insight that Podhoretz would eventually show in his criticism [...]


  2. Podhoretz is a thoroughly detestable character, and is now a major warmonger.For all his faults, he s pretty candid in this account of his rise from the tenements of Brooklyn to the self important but petty fiefdom of the New York intellectuals It s a good read if you can bring yourself to care about these self important and unpleasant peopleNoPod s rather untalented son is nevertheless his heir.


  3. An honest work about the New York literati Chummy, gossippy, worthwhile as a cultural document You might call it The Real Henry Beck s Evil Twin.



  4. Mixed feelings about this book The intellectual history of the period between Cambridge and his service, is remarkable and leaves a reader wanting His juxtaposition of himself and Bellow or Bellow s Augie March is intentionally or unintentionally striking, and I say this as someone who reveres Bellow and esteems Podhoretz His account of his own ascension is intriguing, if harder to relate to at present but the picayune struggles of the literary magazines, the editorial squabbles, were far less [...]


  5. One of those books recommended by someone, somewhere, on some podcast because the author is such an asshole bragging about his success when this book made him a laughingstock and ultimately unsuccessful.I like the way the language is so 1960 s but it s so man like that I couldn t read past the first chapter Only because it s so darned long If you re bored, go ahead and pick it up.I tried again to get back to this fascinating book, especially with the new intro by Terry Teachout But no, I could n [...]


  6. In this 1967 memoir Podhoretz is remarkably honest about own high self regard and his quest for fame as a literary critic Having grown up in a working class, immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, he wins a scholarship to Columbia From there he is transported into a higher status milieu, ultimately ending up in a circle of influential intellectual types in Manhattan writers, magazine editors, and social theorists The book is at its best when Podhoretz charts his rise, applying an anthropological le [...]


  7. This book is a look at success how to achieve it, and the ramifications of success by a Jewish literary critic There are nuggets of wisdom in this work, and I think it does force one to consider issues such as fame, money, and life in an honest way Still, the authors passion for power and his critical analysis of power and materialistic wealth turned me off I think that this is a worthy read, especially for those interested in successful Jewish personalities, but not anything stunning or profoun [...]


  8. When Making It was first published in 1967, it ripped through the airless parlor of American letters like a great belch The man responsible, the literary critic Norman Podhoretz, sat smirking with relish at the revolting thing he d just done Tobi Haslett on the reissue of Norman Podhoretz s Making It in the April May 2017 issue of Bookforum To read the rest of this review, please go to Bookforum bookforum inprint 024_01 1


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