Monday, September 24, 2012
Did Bounderby 'Build That'?
posts a mini-review of a book I touted here last month, Dickens' wonderful and prescient Hard Times. He calls it the master's "pre-buttal" to Ayn Rand and Galtism--and therefore, Paul Ryan--and also the "you didn't build that" meme. Of course, the lead character in that is Bounderby, with his tales of rising up from the (literal) ditch purely by his own workings ("I pulled through it, though nobody threw me out a rope), when the truth was (spoiler alert) quite different. But it's a book that's great, and often funny, for many others reason--for our own hard times. And now we witness in Romney the same "vast amount of Bounderby balderdash and bluster," as Dickens put it.
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch