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November 1, 1992 | Daniel Harris, Harris is a columnist for the Quarterly. His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper's, the Washington Post, and the Nation
Much as discrepancies of class cause crime and riots, discrepancies of knowledge also cause social unrest. A case in point is modern medicine: As it becomes more and more inaccessible to the general public, we can see a form of revolt, an uprising in which the masses, starved by ignorance if not by famine, attempt to take back what they have lost to their internists: the control of their health and well-being.
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October 18, 1992
I have always thought that it was the role of the reviewer to discuss and critique the particular book. In this review, Jonathan Kwitny not only does that but also devotes most of his effort to critiquing Henry Kissinger. As well as criticizing the author, he leaves Kissinger with no redeeming characteristics! Mr. Kwitny has achieved one thing. I am now determined to read the book to determine for myself who is the most heinous: Henry Kissinger, Walter Isaacson or Jonathan Kwitny.
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July 31, 1994
I have finished reading Jonathan Kwitny's review of Peter Schweizer's book "Victory" (Book Review, June 12) in which Peter Schweizer documents the Reagan Administration's role in ending the cold war. Kwitny's thesis seems to be that the Reagan Administration was uninvolved in the demise of the Soviet Union. Kwitny apparently agrees with Strobe Talbot that the collapse of the Soviet Union was inevitable, and just happened all by itself, with no assistance from the free world and the United States.
OPINION
May 26, 1985
Your news columns (Calendar, May 5) and an editorial (May 8) both tarred the Wall Street Journal with the same brush you used to criticize ABC-TV for alleged errors in a news story. Merely because, one presumes, we both covered the same story--the loss by investors of millions of dollars to a fraudulent investment house that relied for much of its business on its very real affiliation with the Central Intelligence Agency. The statements and sources you particularly criticized in ABC's coverage did not appear in the Journal.
BOOKS
July 31, 1994
I have finished reading Jonathan Kwitny's review of Peter Schweizer's book "Victory" (Book Review, June 12) in which Peter Schweizer documents the Reagan Administration's role in ending the cold war. Kwitny's thesis seems to be that the Reagan Administration was uninvolved in the demise of the Soviet Union. Kwitny apparently agrees with Strobe Talbot that the collapse of the Soviet Union was inevitable, and just happened all by itself, with no assistance from the free world and the United States.
BOOKS
July 3, 1994
Jonathan Kwitny is certainly entitled to his opinion of my book ("How Our Guys Won the Cold War," Book Review, June 12). But the review, by failing to check my quotes against the finished book, failed to catch important revisions. For instance, Kwitny writes about the death of Leonid Brezhnev: "Was Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev murdered by agents of his successor, Yuri Andropov? That's how Schweizer writes it, with a footnote to a vaguely identified publication and one former KGB official."
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January 9, 1994
Jonathan Kwitny's review of my book "Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK" (Book Review, Nov. 7) is filled with misrepresentations of both the record and my book. It is curious that the Times selected Kwitny to review a book concluding that Oswald acted alone. He had already prejudged the assassination to be a Mafia conspiracy in his 1988 PBS special, and in the review, he charges that to espouse that the Warren Commission was right all along is the "looniest JFK assassination theory of all."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
You're an independent producer with a terrific idea for a public TV program or series. You submit your proposal to PBS. PBS loves it. PBS agrees to put it on the air. One catch: This brilliant project of yours, the one that will bring you fame, praise and creative fulfillment? You have to raise the money to make it. Why? This is not rich commercial TV, which underwrites the budgets of projects that get approved. This is the cockeyed, cash-poor world of public TV, where the primary burden of fund-raising is almost always on the producer.
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September 13, 1987 | John Prados, Prados' most recent book, "Presidents' Secret Wars" (Morrow) profiled U . S . paramilitary operations since World War II
Lt. Col. Ollie North shredded documents every day of his White House assignment and was proud of it. The principals in this story, maybe not so proud, did the same thing and with the same result. "The Crimes of Patriots" is Jonathan Kwitny's reconstruction of the deeds and fate of the men who formed Nugan Hand, the Australian "investment bank" that collapsed in a spectacular fashion in 1980.
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July 3, 1994
Jonathan Kwitny is certainly entitled to his opinion of my book ("How Our Guys Won the Cold War," Book Review, June 12). But the review, by failing to check my quotes against the finished book, failed to catch important revisions. For instance, Kwitny writes about the death of Leonid Brezhnev: "Was Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev murdered by agents of his successor, Yuri Andropov? That's how Schweizer writes it, with a footnote to a vaguely identified publication and one former KGB official."
BOOKS
January 9, 1994
Jonathan Kwitny's review of my book "Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK" (Book Review, Nov. 7) is filled with misrepresentations of both the record and my book. It is curious that the Times selected Kwitny to review a book concluding that Oswald acted alone. He had already prejudged the assassination to be a Mafia conspiracy in his 1988 PBS special, and in the review, he charges that to espouse that the Warren Commission was right all along is the "looniest JFK assassination theory of all."
BOOKS
November 1, 1992 | Daniel Harris, Harris is a columnist for the Quarterly. His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper's, the Washington Post, and the Nation
Much as discrepancies of class cause crime and riots, discrepancies of knowledge also cause social unrest. A case in point is modern medicine: As it becomes more and more inaccessible to the general public, we can see a form of revolt, an uprising in which the masses, starved by ignorance if not by famine, attempt to take back what they have lost to their internists: the control of their health and well-being.
BOOKS
October 18, 1992
I have always thought that it was the role of the reviewer to discuss and critique the particular book. In this review, Jonathan Kwitny not only does that but also devotes most of his effort to critiquing Henry Kissinger. As well as criticizing the author, he leaves Kissinger with no redeeming characteristics! Mr. Kwitny has achieved one thing. I am now determined to read the book to determine for myself who is the most heinous: Henry Kissinger, Walter Isaacson or Jonathan Kwitny.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
You're an independent producer with a terrific idea for a public TV program or series. You submit your proposal to PBS. PBS loves it. PBS agrees to put it on the air. One catch: This brilliant project of yours, the one that will bring you fame, praise and creative fulfillment? You have to raise the money to make it. Why? This is not rich commercial TV, which underwrites the budgets of projects that get approved. This is the cockeyed, cash-poor world of public TV, where the primary burden of fund-raising is almost always on the producer.
BOOKS
September 13, 1987 | John Prados, Prados' most recent book, "Presidents' Secret Wars" (Morrow) profiled U . S . paramilitary operations since World War II
Lt. Col. Ollie North shredded documents every day of his White House assignment and was proud of it. The principals in this story, maybe not so proud, did the same thing and with the same result. "The Crimes of Patriots" is Jonathan Kwitny's reconstruction of the deeds and fate of the men who formed Nugan Hand, the Australian "investment bank" that collapsed in a spectacular fashion in 1980.
OPINION
May 26, 1985
Your news columns (Calendar, May 5) and an editorial (May 8) both tarred the Wall Street Journal with the same brush you used to criticize ABC-TV for alleged errors in a news story. Merely because, one presumes, we both covered the same story--the loss by investors of millions of dollars to a fraudulent investment house that relied for much of its business on its very real affiliation with the Central Intelligence Agency. The statements and sources you particularly criticized in ABC's coverage did not appear in the Journal.
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