Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dumas Malone Says, "Ouch!"

It's not often you find the following sentence at the beginning of the preface to a book:
The reappearance of this book will doubtless disappoint some critics who would prefer to see it evaporate into oblivion like a feculent odor.

It's also not often that you find an author, responding to a draft review of his book, addressing the following comment to none other than Dumas Malone:
The review poorly reports the contents of the book and makes little effort to summarize any of the evidence relating to any of the subjects discussed.

Leonard W. Levy, Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side, Preface to the Paperback Edition.

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