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
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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