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Pat Buchanan and the Art of the Selective Quote

Pat Buchanan and the Art of the Selective Quote

A friend asks if there has been a sol­id refu­ta­tion of Pat Buchanan’s book. I’m sure there has been, but could you give me the cita­tion? —W.M.

On pub­li­ca­tion of Pat’s book in 2008 I wrote an edi­to­r­i­al, which I reprise below.

Churchill, Hitler and the Unnec­es­sary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, by Patrick J. Buchanan. New York, Crown, 518 pp., $29.95.

A prob­lem illus­trat­ed by Pat Buchanan’s book is the ram­pant use of selec­tive quotes. No ani­mus toward the author: I have respect for Pat Buchanan and even vot­ed for him in the 1992 New Hamp­shire Pri­ma­ry.…

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