If you enjoy reading serious nonfiction, you may find (as I have) that the Claremont Review of Books has rapidly become the best magazine in the country. The quarterly magazine has expanded to 72 pages in the oversize format of the original American Spectator. Each issue merits reading cover to cover, and the quarterly pace assures that the issues do not accumulate unread. It is brilliantly edited by Charles Kesler and a small but formidable editorial staff including Ben Boychuk, Christopher Flannery, Ken Masugi and John Kienker.
The winter 2003 issue is hot off the press. The Claremont Institute site has teased the issue by posting William Buckley’s review of Ann Coulter’s new book Treason, the most controversial theme of which is its rehabilitation of Joe McCarthy.
The pairing of Buckley and the book is of course ideal; Buckley virtually commenced his career as the co-author of the 1954 book McCarthy and His Enemies while McCarthy was (pace WFB) in flagrante delicto. He has recently returned to the subject with his mature reflections in fictional form in The Redhunter.
The review is judicious, entertaining and interesting. Without further ado: “Tailgunner Ann.”
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