Washington Diarist

November 1978
New Republic;11/4/78, Vol. 179 Issue 19, p58
Presents the author's reflections on overrated intellectuals and politicians in the United States. Author's reminiscences of his Cambridge University days when he and his friends used to play a game called "academy of the overrated"; Academy's consideration of the Institute for Policy Studies as overrated; Membership in the academy by someone who is overrated in the columns of three or four columnists; Author's consideration of the American Enterprise Institute as overrated; Common use of superlatives to describe politicians in Washington, D.C.; Overrating of leaders of friendly nations, such as Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem and King Hussein of Jordan; Author's observation that Eugene McCarthy never felt himself underrated; Some intellectuals' practice of underrating their more successful colleagues, such as Theodore H. White who wrote the best seller "In Search of History."


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