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Paul BermanHimmelfarb has thoughtfully filled The Neoconservative Persuasion with pieces that, with one exception, have not appeared in previous collections. The subtitle, "Selected Essays," might lead readers to suppose that here must surely be Kristol's Greatest Hits—the best and most popular of his essays. But Kristol himself gathered together his Greatest Hits in an anthology in 1995 called Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea. The new book ought to be regarded, instead, as a Volume 2. It is faithful to his ideas and their evolution. And it offers an opportunity to evaluate his abilities as an essayist—his achievements as a thinker and writer within the little world known as the "New York intellectuals."
—The New York Times