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May 3, 2013 5:00 am

In A Pickle: Partial Victory


Jason Wojciechowski

A review of Robert Weintraub's The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

On Tuesday, I read a good essay by Michael Bourne1 at The Millions, a book blog, arguing that the current state of information distribution requires that book reviewers abandon their news-oriented approach to reviewing and move toward an analytic mode. That is, reviewers should assume that potential consumers of a book can find out all the basic details about a book's author, its plot, its writing style, and whether people like it by going to Amazon and Goodreads and any number of other sites. So assuming, reviewers should, if they wish to retain relevance, not bother with these basic details in their reviews and should instead:

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