That led to so much criticism in the comments and so much mockery on Twitter (#economistbookreviews) that The Economist withdrew its review and apologized:
In the age of social media, you have more options than writing a letter to the editor (although I’d still recommend doing so, just to make sure that they get the message), and thanks to this fact, the #economistbookreviews hashtag was born. On Twitter, it accompanied imagined book reviews written with The Economist’s ruthlessly amoral sensibilities:
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In this instance, the Economist book review is talking to other elitists about what narrative is allowed to be shared with the masses. Will “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” become an accepted mainstream narrative of American capitalism or will it be thrown in the dustbin. The Economist wants it in the dustbin. Not because the Economist has a racist agenda (although it may), but rather because the book is not just a condemnation of slavery, which is fine, but because it attacks capitalism, and that just won’t do.