The Chronicle Review

On the Failures of Others

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July 29, 2013 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

If you hope Richard H. Smith's book is a flop because you're certain you could write a better one, and because you think he's due for a fall, he will understand.

Such factors are at the core of a complex sentiment: schadenfreude.

Smith's The Joy of...

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