[Last time I began discussing conservative responses to D'Souza's book, focusing on the review by Andrew Sullivan; let's see what kind of reception the book got from other conservative intellectuals. ]
In taking the wider perspective on the book, Sullivan was very much an outlier. Many other reviewers missed the fundamental issues. Critical reviews in conservative publications challenged, for the most part politely, the book’s contradictions and fuzziness. They picked apart D’Souza’s factual errors and tendentious, collage-like approach to quotations. Some said that he fell far short of demonstrating his case. Some were even troubled by D’Souza’s soft spot for Islamists — evidenced by passages such as:
Yes, I would rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Michael Moore than with the grand mufti of Egypt. But when it comes to core beliefs, I’d have to confess that I’m closer to the dignified fellow in the long robe and prayer beads than to the slovenly fellow with the baseball cap.