The Corner

In Defense of Doubleday

I’m a Doubleday author, so take this with a grain of salt if you must, but I don’t buy Shannen Coffin’s argument that there’s no place for an “Al Qaeda Reader” on our bookshelves. There are a lot of Americans who simply don’t grasp the evil of Islamofascism. If a book helps — especially a book that provides a context for the readings — then by all means let’s have a book. “Our government and military leaders should develop their best understanding of al Qaeda and other Islamic fascist movements,” says Shannen. But a major publisher shouldn’t produce a book that helps them — and the rest of us — realize this goal?

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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