The Corner

A Book the Left Doesn’t Want You to Read

On Friday, a left-wing website launched a coordinated attack on my new novel, The First Assassin. It encouraged its minions to post fraudulent one-star reviews on — in other words, to trash a book they haven’t bothered to read. They also tagged the book with strange terms such as “wingnut assassination fantasy,” “wingnuts are go,” and worse. Their behavior is a case study in illiberalism — an online book-burning party that ought to embarrass honest liberals. I’m hardly the first National Review writer to face such abuse. Just ask Jonah.

This calls for a counterattack. Readers of The Corner can go on’s customer-review page for The First Assassin and rate the customer reviews. By clicking a button, you can describe which reviews are helpful and which are unhelpful. These decisions matter. Reviews deemed most helpful rise to the top of the section. Also, if you’re able and willing to contribute your own customer review of The First Assassin – now or at some point in the future — this would be even more valuable.

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John J. Miller — 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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