From a reader:
When I read the review (before I read the book) I did not understand
why you were so upset with the NYT review. Mildly negative, but it
essentially conceded what I took to be one of your main points (that
using the term “fascist” as a routine term for US conservatives makes
no historical sense) in the first paragraph. Now that I’m half way
through the book (damned day job) I can see why you felt the way you
did. You have to assume that someone is going to have good arguments
against any substantive criticism of the Wilson and FDR
administrations delivered in less than 50 pages. For Oshinsky to
fail to engage these points at all is insulting. I’m glad the book
is selling so well, both for your sake and because it may force some
more substantive responses from the left.
I have some other comments in mind, but I’ll leave them until I finish.