The Corner

Amazonia

Another open-minded liberal offers an Amazon.com “customer review” of Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. The headline: “I haven’t read this juvenile book, and for a good reason.” From the body: “This is the sort of thing you would expect from someone who works for the ‘National Reveiw’ [sic]–high volume, low intellect, my way or the highway style arguments that leave no reason for any nuance or context.” Ah yes, but will you at least give us a tiny bit of credit for the fact the NR’s book reviewers actually read the books they write about before they turn up the volume and turn down the intellect?

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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