Phi Beta Cons

The “Funereal” Wilentz

In reviewing Sean Wilentz’s Bancroft-winning book for NR, Michael Knox Beran exposed the Princetonian as a mediocre writer:

His sketches of personality are perfunctory. Enamored though he is of the demos in the abstract, when it comes to particular people, something in him dies. Scene-painting he regards as another sentimental vice. What ought to be the most dramatic confrontations in the book

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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