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Yellow Brick Road

It sounds like Oz: The Great and Powerful is having a big weekend at the box office. I can hardly hear the title without thinking of a line from Stephen King’s Pet Semetary: “Oz the Gweat and Tewwible.” If you’ve read the book, you know what I mean.

A few years ago, I wrote on the Oz phenomenon for the Wall Street Journal, with special attention to the old question about whether the original book is a parable of 1890s populism.

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.

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