Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gordon Wood's Review of Jill Lepore's Recent Book

I do not subscribe to the New York Review of Books.  As a result, I cannot read Gordon Wood's review of Jill Lepore's The White of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History in its entirety. But from what I have been able to read, it is clear that Wood does not like the book.  He accuses Lepore of mocking Americans for turning to the founders for political guidance in the present.

Note: I finished Lepore's book last month and enjoyed it, but I have not had the time to write anything intelligent about it yet. 

J.L. Bell of Boston 1775 has started a Facebook page dedicated to discussing this review.  William Hogeland of Hysteriography has also entered the fray, calling Wood's review "fantastically, even goofily, unfair."

I need to read this review.  I am actually tempted to shell out the six bucks the NYRB is asking for access.