The Corner

Preemptive Attack

There’s a pro-France website called miquelon.org that I check for news every so often. The folks over there took an early interest in my book, Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. Their interest in the book was so early, in fact, that they posted a review of Our Oldest Enemy last December–before the book was finished being written! It made me laugh at the time. Aren’t the French supposed to be against pre-emptive attacks? Anyway, the “review” is posted on Miquelon’s main page once more. I’m especially amused by the claim that my co-author and I should have read Margaret MacMillan’s book on the Versailles Treaty, when in fact our chapter on the First World War footnotes it 16 times. (One reviewer who really did read the book criticized us for relying too heavily on MacMillan–there’s just no pleasing everyone.) Anyway, for a quick tour of French apologia, there’s no beating miquelon.org.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.