How I wish Jon Swift reviewed crime fiction. What an amazing style! For example, consider his book review of Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro:
I have not actually read this book but I do agree that education is bad for young people. Schools fill their heads with dangerous ideas. Have you ever noticed that while most schools teach “liberal arts” there is not a single one that teaches “conservative arts”? I think that should tell you something.
Or consider his trenchant analysis of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman:
I have not actually read this book but I want to point out that there is one very big mistake right on the cover: The world is not flat; it is, in fact, round. Even though I am a conservative like Mr. Friedman and I appreciate his support of President Bush and the War in Iraq, I think conservatives like us have to be very careful about being perceived as unscientific because of our opposition to Evolution and I think a book like this which has a scientific error right on the cover is not very helpful.
I think I’ll take his approach the next time I’m asked about Patricia Cornwell’s latest!