A Tale of Two Book Reviews
Posted by Mike on April 3, 2008
Most people always have a list of books they want to read. When we finally get around to actually reading a book on our lists, one of three things happens: (1) the book is about what we expected, (2) the book is even better than we expected, or (3) the book fails to meet expectations. None of these situations are usually surprising because most intelligent people realize that it is impossible to know what is between a books covers until you read it.
While most people understand this concept, the same cannot be said of non-New York liberal Bill Cope. Not only does Cope think it is possible to know what is in a book he hasn’t read, he also thinks it’s possible to write an intelligent review of a book despite the fact that he hasn’t read it.
And that is the point of this post. Let’s compare and contrast. This is Ann Coulter’s review of “Dreams From My Father” by Barack Obama, a book she read before writing her review. This is Cope’s review of “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg, a book he never read but decided to review anyway.
ETA: Coulter fans will get the “non-New York liberal” reference.