As we approach the political season, Christopher Hitchens reminds us just how laden with historical allusion, and illusion, is our political verbiage, in a brief but colorful review of the latest edition of William Safire’s Safire’s Political Dictionary. Along with Michael Barone’s incomparable Almanac of American Politics, Safire’s tome is one of the two indispensable volumes on the shelf of any political enthusiast.


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