From Library Journal
If satire and sarcasm could achieve victory against political correctness as easily as trumpets did against the walls of Jericho, Leo would be a modern Joshua. Those who have followed his column in U.S. News & World Report know that the annihilation of what he sees to be pomposities, fakes, frauds, and fatuities is his stock in trade. Leo goes in deep like a sharp, polished knife. The general drift of his arguments are politically and socially conservative; but even liberals should take time out to read him, if only just to discover how formidably armed the opposition is. Leo tells the truth as he sees it. It may not be everybody's truth, but no one who reads the book will fail to be provoked and/or stimulated. Strongly recommended.
A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A curmudgeonly columnist collects his pieces from the past five years, focusing on the continuing contact points in the culture wars. Leo is firmly in the enough-already camp. He's had it with rights-bearing individuals litigiously beating common sense into submission (e.g., the banning of Yuletide creche and menorah displays); the rad-feminist elision of distinctions between authentic rape and the sloppy seconds of date rape; the boorish and sacrilegious anti-Catholic acts of militant gay rights entities such as Act-Up (breaking up a mass and throwing around condoms); and on and on. But unlike the insouciant saint of the Right, Rush Limbaugh, who seems more like a frustrated stand-up comic than a serious commentator, Leo works as a real journalist. He calls his subjects, prints their words, and adds his own thoughtful commentary. And all is not serious; the Newport cigarettes Alive with Pleasure ads irked him, inspiring him to a hilarious sequence of decoding their sexual innuendo. Leo's readers will enjoy these 100 shorts on the second go-around. Gilbert Taylor
For years, the columns of John Leo have delighted, provoked, amused, outraged, educated, and entertained readers across the country. Now, collected for the first time, are dozens of vintage Leo observations on education, popular culture, women and men, politics, race and racism, and more.