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Terry Teachout V Nyt V Me

Our friend Terry Teachout disputes the notion that McMurtry’s “fellatial” (his words) review of the Clinton book is the product of a conspiracy of some kind. Terry knows more — much more — about such things than I do and I defer to him for the most part. That said, it doesn’t quite wash that the reviews are unrelated in anyway since McMurtry makes pretty much a direct reference to the first Times review in his attempt to debunk the notion that Clinton’s book isn’t better than Grant’s autobiography. Maybe the Times Sunday Book Review supplement editor, Sam Tanenhaus, is off the hook on the conspiracy charge, but McMurtry’s review still seems like a rushed rescue mission for a doomed book than an intellectually honest or even serious effort.

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