Sentinel, $25. ★★★★★
It’s nothing short of a miracle that a book as laugh-out-loud hysterical as Resistance is Futile! can at the same time be more assiduously referenced than every other conservative book published this year combined. But that’s why she’s the Queen. I’m told half of all annual LexisNexis searches in the U.S. are Ann Coulter researching her next book and liberal journalists angrily scrutinizing the footnotes in her last one. Everything checks out, which is why they hate her so much. They also hate her because she is really, really hot, and really, really funny.
Ann Coulter has sustained a multi-decade career while remaining fresh, relevant and churning out hit after hit. It’s not usual for a conservative author, especially in America, where excessive earnestness, opprobrium and fulmination are the rule, to write fun books. Perhaps Ann and I are the only two people who really get it right. But that’s not to say this new book about left-wing departures from reality in the era of Trump doesn’t have a serious point. The spiritual and rhetorical impoverishment of America’s public discourse, so long blamed on the so-called carnival barkers of the Right, has been inestimably more damaged in the last ten years by hysteria, dishonesty and sheer madness from the Left, and Resistance is Futile! provides a neat summary of the most egregious examples from celebrities and the media.
Ann is at her best when leveraging her experience and insight at old foes: “Hillary Hatches an Egg” is both the most persuasive section and the chapter with the funniest title. As lifelong Coulter devotees know, all the chapter titles and subheadings in Ann’s books are great. She’s also brilliant on the subject of intelligence agencies in the tank for Clinton. Coulter was the first author of her calibre and fan base to really torch the Republican establishment, and she does more of the same here, which will thrill Trump fans. (Yes, those are the bits I always look out for, too.) And just wait until you get a load of the conclusion, titled: “For Democracy to Live, We Must Kill the Media.”
I am touring Australia with Ann at the end of this year. If you’re looking for a rigorously impartial guide to her new book, go somewhere else. I waited until the end to tell you that, so you had to read all my gushing compliments. All you’ll get here is praise. Lots and lots of praise. Close readers will have noticed a shift in late-period Coulter, which began with Adios, America and continued into In Trump We Trust, a sort of caution-thrown-to-the-wind, let’s-have-it-then-you-bastards sense of abandon. Her writing is getting even more brazen, unselfconscious and unapologetic, and even more like the scathing and hysterical Ann in person. This is a good thing.
I have read every book Ann has written, and hundreds of her columns. I was handed an early copy of Resistance is Futile! a week ago and read it in one sitting, which is normally a lie when reviewers say it, but in this case it isn’t. The only thing better than reading the new Ann Coulter is hanging out with her in person — it turns out that yes, there are some things even Ann won’t say on TV — but for the rest of you, this is as close as you’ll ever get.
Milo Yiannopoulos is an award-winning investigative reporter and the New York Times-bestselling author of DANGEROUS.