Picks and Pans Review: Treason

updated 07/28/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/28/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Ann Coulter
Critic's Choice

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Coulter doesn't do herself any favors with her hyperbolic wisecracks: The conservative gadfly calls Japan's WWII pilots, for instance, "savage Oriental beasts." But like her equal on the left, Michael Moore, she's tough for even her enemies to ignore.

This time Coulter (Slander) argues that there is a continuing pattern of anti-Americanism among elites of the political and journalistic class. As an example, she devotes a big chunk of the book to McCarthyism. It's accepted that Sen. Joseph McCarthy tarred innocents as Communists, but Coulter reminds us that both President and Robert Kennedy admired him and that Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs and many others tied to the Roosevelt and Truman administrations were eventually proved to have been Soviet spies. Old news? Not really, for as Coulter points out, people constantly claim to be victims of "McCarthyism" these days.

Lately, Coulter says, the media has watered down the suspected Beltway snipers' apparent fondness for radical Islam—one of them registered his vehicle on the first anniversary of Sept. 11, at 8:52 a.m., the minute the first plane hit the World Trade Center. You know those pundits who bore you to tears trying to balance everyone's point of view? Coulter isn't one. (Crown Forum, $26.95)

BOTTOM LINE: Exciting Coulter clash

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