A couple of readers ask if I would expect negative reviews of my math books based on the fact that most of Academia is politically Left, & so they would not say anything nice about a book by a person from the Right.
I suppose such a thing might happen, but it hasn’t happened to me yet. In math and the hard sciences–and even, if I have interpreted some conversational remarks of Charles Murray’s correctly, in the “softer” sciences like psychology–academic collegiality is, in my (admittedly limited) experience very strong. Your work, including the kind of popularization stuff I do, is judged on its merits. Prime Obsession got some good reviews from people who I know to be on the way-out Left, and who know where I am politically. The worst I can say in this area is that one mathematician who is pretty far Left was given PO to review, but did not review it, and did not answer an email I sent him on the topic. But perhaps he had something better to do, I don’t know. I don’t review everything people send me to review either.
In math and the sciences, most academics are honest and scrupulous. My impression is that the Humanities are… somewhat different in this respect.