In a recent post I related an anecdote featuring the late Anglo-American journalist Henry Fairlie and referred to the collection of his essays, Bite The Hand That Feeds You, edited by Newsweek’s Jeremy McCarter and published by Yale University Press this month. Here is the introduction to the book, which briefly tells the story of Fairlie’s tumultuous career, with some quotes well representing the acuity of his intellect and the grace of his style. McCarter also has a site with further information on the writer.
(I was greatly interested to learn from McCarter’s introduction that in the spring of 1973 President Nixon gave then-Governor Ronald Reagan a copy of The Kennedy Promise, Fairlie’s expert dissection of the latter-day Camelot legend – and still, though long out of print, one of the half-dozen essential books about the 35th President.)