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Jonathan FreedlandIn book form, without the cooling effect of The New Yorker's trademark typeface or the ironic detachment provided by an adjacent line drawing or two, Hertzberg's fury is naked to the eye. And yet he is no finger-jabber leftist, hectoring his reader in the manner of so many radicals in print. The writing is too good for that. Hertzberg has a novelist's control of metaphor and a comedian's gift for the one-liner…But it is not only Hertzberg's wit that prevents him from being a left wingnut. He may stake out radical positions…but he is, more often, a spokesman for those unsung soldiers in the progressive army: the brokers of the messy compromise.
—The New York Times