Reihan Salam of The Atlantic and the New America Foundation (co-author of Grand New Party) was one of the guests at a dinner hosted by Brink Lindsey of CATO and RBC’er Steve Teles last week, part of a series designed to help liberals and libertarians seek common ground. I provided the entertainment, talking about my forthcoming book When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, due out from Princeton in August.
Reihan seems to have liked what he heard (and read). More to the point, he seems to have understood it. A good review is nice to have. A good review before publication is very nice to have. A good review from the other side of the left-right divide is especially nice to have. A good pre-publication review from across the ideological divide that also grasps the central point of the project is a pearl of great price.