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Not bad. Not great.,
This review is from: Meditations of a Militant Moderate: Cool Views on Hot Topics (Paperback)
"As a political independent and militant moderate, I like to think that I have no ax to grind other than a passionate love for my country. Skeptical of all simplifying ideologies, I hold that most things are more complicated than they seem, especially in politics." So says Peter Schuck in a self-description in Meditations of a Militant Moderate.
I would advise readers that Schuck's donning the mantle of "moderate" in an attempt to appear the very paragon of reasonableness--an independent thinker above the partisan fray--is nonsense.
I would use Schuck's own description of Cornel West against him: "His openness to opposing points of view...compare favorably to...predictable, one-sided rigidity and self-righteousness. But here again, praise for [Schuck] must be qualified, for his balance and transcendence turn out to be more apparent than real."
It is clear "where his heart is." Having said that, readers should enjoy this book for what it is: an intelligent, accessible collection of essays on various legal issues, from the highly contentious to the more esoteric. His phony centrism may grate, but his essays will occasionally provoke thought.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2006 1:39:51 PM PDT
William Van Alstyne says:
The review was....unhelpful because it charges the author with pronounced biases while yet furnishing no examples or even some indication in what respects they exist. In brief, the commentator frankly needed to say a great deal more in order that his review could render a service to those undecided whether purchasing this book would itself be worthwhile.
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