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Book review: You Can't Read This Book, By Nick Cohen


As ardent as it is readable, this account of "censorship in an age of freedom" starts with The Satanic Verses, banned by states as varied as Sudan and apartheid South Africa, then moves on to the murder of Theo van Gogh "in Amsterdam, the city of Spinoza and Anne Frank".

Cohen savages rampant capitalism ("Every time you go into your workplace, you… enter a dictatorship") and finishes by lambasting Wikileaks for putting out "the names of better and braver people than Assange could ever be."