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 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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