On Sunday the New York Times Book Review ran a review of Leviathan on the Right: How Big‐Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution by Michael Tanner. Reviewer Jacob Heilbrunn wrote
By exposing Bush and the Republican leadership as apostates who foolishly believe big government can be employed for conservative ends, Tanner hopes to persuade the right to return to what he sees as its original ideals of limited government and individual responsibility.…Tanner is a lucid writer and vigorous polemicist who scores a number of points against the Republican Party’s fiscal transgressions.
On the same day, the Washington Post Book World reviewed On the Wealth of Nations, the latest book from Cato’s H. L. Mencken Research Fellow P. J. O’Rourke. And in the Post and hundreds of other papers, George Will took note of John Samples’s new book:
According to John Samples of the Cato Institute (in his book ” The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform”), congressional Democrats began the process that culminated in criminalizing large contributions — the kind that can give long‐shot candidates, such as Vilsack, a chance to become competitive. Yes, the initial aim of campaign “reforms” was less the proclaimed purpose of combating corruption or “the appearance” thereof than it was to impede the entry of inconvenient candidates into presidential campaigns. In that sense, campaign reform is a government program that has actually worked, unfortunately.
Finally, the Times Book Review also reviewed Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who spoke at Cato’s Annual Benefactor Summit a week earlier. Benefactors who attended the Summit got to hear from three authors a week before their books hit the big time. Don’t miss it next year!