Books: The politics of political book reviews
Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football’s latest Society & Politics Book Review covers a wealth of writing including Laura Bates, Darcus Howe & Bea Campbell with subjects that range from Pussy Riot to Scottish Independence.
The TOF Spot: Political Book Reviews
I, too, am tired of all the partisan and sensational books coming across my desk. My own philosophy in picking political books for review has been to choose those that engender discussion, not disgust. What we need, I figure, is more light not more heat. Why ask a reviewer to provide an intellectual evaluation of Joseph Minton Amann and Tom Breuer's Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly or Ann Coulter's Godless: The Church of Liberalism? It would be an exercise in futility.
Popularity, especially popularity achieved through this shock-jock system, is not the best criterion for choosing a political book to review. Such books, preaching to the converted, are not conducive to scrutiny. How can you engage in any meaningful discussion with someone who says that white men are stupid or liberals are godless? (Coulter argues that her book is not about liberals but about liberalism, but that is just a distinction without a difference.)