Books: Hook's Hook

COMMON SENSE AND THE FIFTH AMENDMENT (160 pp.)—Sidney Hook — Criterion ($3).

"Have you stopped beating your wife?" is regarded as the symbol of all loaded questions asked by lawyers. But N.Y.U. Philosophy Professor Sidney Hook contends that the question "Do you now or have you ever beaten your wife?", is an eminently plain question and that anyone who invokes the Fifth Amendment rather than answer yes or no may be fairly suspected by his neighbors of having in fact cuffed the little woman around.

In recent years the "ritualistic" liberals (Hook's own phrase) have built up an entire martyrology of people who...

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