Top Five Book Reviews of 2020

In 2020, Law & Liberty continued to be one of the best places on the web to find incisive reviews of the latest books on law, politics, and culture. Here are the five most-read book reviews of the year:

1. Higher Ed is Crumbling, by Scott Yenor

“Products of the old education would have cheeks that burn red when the country was disrespected. Today’s students only blush at their own “privilege.” (Reviewed: John M. Ellis, The Breakdown of Higher Education)

2. Howard Zinn: Fake Historian, by Ronald Radosh

“Zinn had a different project in mind than most historians. As he wrote, history is ‘not about understanding the past,’ but about ‘changing the future.'” (Reviewed: Mary Grabar, Debunking Howard Zinn)

3. The Expanding Tyranny of Cant, by Theodore Dalrymple

“The purpose of cant is either to present the person who utters it as morally superior to others or to himself as he really is, or to shut other people up.” (Reviewed: Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, Grandstanding)

4. America’s Ruling Class, by Mark Pulliam

“Many government officials exercise nearly-limitless discretion to determine whether individuals, businesses, and nonprofit entities are in ‘compliance’ with a vast and amorphous body of regulations.” (Reviewed: James R. Copland, The Unelected)

5. These Truths Were Made for You and Me, by Richard Samuelson

“Lepore’s book reads like an effort to create a storyline that could help us to restore a lost world, but it is not history.” (Reviewed: Jill Lepore, These Truths)