From a reader:
[JG wrote] “But I find Douglas Brinkley to be one of the most insufferable, cloying, over-striving suck-ups in American intellectual life.”
True, but Brinkley does serve a purpose. His Tour of Duty biography of John Kerry’s time in Vietnam was so bad and unquestioning that it led to the formation of the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth. Had Brinkley not been such a suck-up, Kerry might have been elected president.