H. L. Mencken
by Charles Angoff

Mencken during the American Mercury years as seen by his liberal editorial assistant who did not understand him at all. Angoff is condescending, narrow minded, humorless, and hopelessly liberal. He always sides with the Harvard professors, the social democrats, and the war hawks. Mencken's tolerance for Angoff is incredible. Angoff is wrong on almost everything (WWI, the Great Depression, WW II), and is smug about it. The only thing he shows Mencken to have been wrong about was the intelligence of the German people. Mencken thought they would be smart enough to kick out Hitler, so he thought Hitler was not a serious problem.

Year read: 1976

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