ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER: Memoirs of an Attorney General | William Barr, William Morrow (2022), 608p.
Without question, this is one book every voter ought to consume. Trump voters would see Trump judged on a thoughtful, consistent, philosophically sound conservative scale. Non-Trump voters would see how much they have been lied to about Russia, Trump’s Administration’s policies, and outcomes. It is a thoughtful memoir of a vast scale.
Like many memoirs, Barr’s can be, at times, very self-serving. Yet, one should be allowed to provide a counter-narrative to the professional media class, which mostly got it wrong.
Especially poignant in his telling is the case against James Comey, whom he ranks second only to Hoover for abuses of power. He makes a fact-based and thoroughly convincing prosecution of the ex-FBI Director.
Barr makes many compelling points about restorative justice and how the current milieu guiding public policy in criminal legislation is likely misguided with predictable future consequences to the health and safety of citizens.
The sheer breadth of policy experiences that Barr has had a ring-side seat for as America’s second Attorney General to serve two U.S. Presidents is remarkable. But aside from his story and viewpoints, every voter should read this tome to get out of their bubble and hear an unpleasant truth. But of course, reading challenging ideas is not for the faint of character.