… the standard view: Whatever It Is, I'm Against It.
The latter piece is a dreadful review. "The American intervention in Europe in 1917, McCormick believed, had claimed some 50,000 American lives yet had done nothing to redeem the hopelessly rivalrous Europeans." That happens to be true. Or has the reviewer never heard of World War II? I'd like to have heard more about the book under review and less about the reviewer's detestation of the book's subject. I doubt if I would have printed that review, but I doubt if I would have assigned the book to that reviewer.