The Atlantic has a review of reviews of the Kos book. It’s chock-a-block with Liberal Fascism bashing, mostly from people who I suspect haven’t read it, plus activist Matt Yglesias who claims to have read it but has A) a very deep personal grudge against me and B) is an admitted fan of lying for political ends. His own hyper-partisan book famously bombed, barely breaking out of triple-digit sales. So maybe he still has some issues related to that as well. But that’s neither here nor there.
I think Goldberg needs to make more enemies if he thinks my grudge against him is all that deep. But to clarify, my book Heads in the Sand was indeed a commercial failure and Goldberg is much, much, much better than I am at coming up with books that sell a lot of copies. I think his tendency to harp on this point tends to demonstrate that he’s an extremely petty person driven to a remarkable degree by well-deserved insecurity about his intellectual abilities.
The main point I’d like to make, however, is that my book’s really not partisan at all and certainly not hyper-partisan. It’s a book that’s primarily critical of Democrats, and of the nexus between “liberal hawk” intellectuals and political opportunists that drove the party leadership’s positioning in the 2002-2006 and continues to exert a substantial-though-diminished influence today.
At any rate, the book is a little bit dated but still pretty good and thanks to aforementioned commercial failure available at steep discount so make Jonah Goldberg cry and buy a copy.