He points out some contradictions in Menckenís philosophy: (1) he claimed not to believe in truth or morality, but in his personal life he was a relatively honest and moral man and (2) he wrote like a radical, but lived like typical bougeois American. The first contradiction shows a real defect in Menckenís philosophy. The second is not a contradiction at all.
This book is not all bad. Three quarters of it is actually fair, insightful, and informative. It includes interesting details of Menckenís life that I wasnít aware of before. It is carefully researched. It mentions several times that Mencken was a libertarian.
Year Read: 2004
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