Daniel Flynn (Intellectual Morons
, Why the Left Hates America
) pulls no punches in his survey of left-wing schemes, personalities, agendas, and movements. In spite of a clearly stated bias, he manages to inform and elucidate, even as he dredges up singular and worst-case examples of progressivism. The Nation
His book is, nonetheless, one worth taking seriously. Unlike his fellow partisans, Flynn has spent some time in libraries and archives, and he strains to turn this erudition into a larger interpretation of the phenomenon he detests. On the whole, however, his book is an intriguing failure
one that reveals a certain bewilderment among conservative activists at the persistence of their enemies’ influence.