The first review is in, and it's quite favorable. Fred Siegal of The City Journal writes that A Conservative History of the American Left is "highly readable," "engaging," "well written," and "a timely demonstration of some disturbing continuities in left-wing thought." Read The City Journal review here. If Mr. Siegal can pen a review of my book three weeks before it hits stores, surely you can camp out in front of your local Borders or Barnes & Noble in anticipation of A Conservative History of the American Left going on sale on April 29. Stop wasting your time. Get in line.
What is your preferred method for your readers to purchase the book? Which manner benefits you most, either financially or in terms of publicity, or both?
I don't really participate in the Amazon affiliate program anymore, due to it not being of much benefit to the affiliates, or at least this affiliate, so buying it means about the same thing to me if you buy it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders or wherever. I think I generally get a 15 percent cut once the advance is made back. I guess Amazon sales are cool in that its ranking system gives a pretty good idea of how the book is selling (I saw "Intellectual Morons" at 37 at one point after a CSPAN broadcast).
Siegal: "The book falters somewhat when it gets to the twentieth century, where Flynn has the difficult task of distinguishing between modern statist liberalism and leftism. From Flynn’s own Christian and libertarian perspective, FDR was a leftist. But taken in the context of the times, Roosevelt’s willingness repeatedly to try out ideas and then drop them made him a chameleon rather than an ideologue."
What say you, Dan?
I'm there. Are you going to be giving any speeches in AZ in the near future?
I wish you luck with the book sales.
What I say Ralph is: "Way to find the negative in all that positive!"
I think modern statist liberals and leftists are the ones who have a hard time distinguishing between each other. See the way the Roosevelt administration, and other modern statist liberals, treated Alger Hiss and others of his ilk for evidence on this.
Having said that, I think the book does distinguish between such groups. I write: "If Roosevelt embraced a guiding philosophy, it wasn't fascism, or socialism, or communism—all 'isms' that American liberals flirted with in these years--but action and power. It is significant that he used that power to take action for leftist ends. It is also significant that he abandoned leftist ends when he saw that they weren't working—either for the people or for his power. Like his distant cousin Theodore, Franklin Roosevelt was a politician."
Alas, I'm a little too close to the product to be detached in my judgments. I thought Fred Siegal's was a good review and I urge everyone to read it.
Can't wait! Congrats on the great review!