Having read this dressing-down of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s new book on America, American Vertigo, I am tempted to compare Lévy’s writings on America to Custine’s writings on Russia but respect for the Marquis tells me to resist the temptation. A nobleman whose grandfather and father perished on the Revolution’s scaffold, whose mother barely escaped from its dungeons, and whose teacher was Chateaubriand himself — a man like that deserves to be treated with indulgence.

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  1. I’ve read three or four reviews by Garrison Keilor, the writer/comedian who wrote the review of BHL’s “American Veritgo,” and each and every one was a review/critique of an American political subject and each and every one relied heavily upon ad hominem inferences or more direct ad hominem attacks.

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