David Theroux has penned a lovely tribute to Bob Higgs, who recently stepped down as founding editor of the very fine Independent Review. Aside from being a great scholar, writer, and speaker, Bob is a terrific editor — academics are not known for their sparking prose, and Bob has a knack for molding even the most pedantic, turgid paragraphs into a readable, engaging story.
Included is the story of Murray Rothbard’s legendary 26-page referee report on the draft that become Bob’s landmark book Crisis and Leviathan. “I can still recall the deflated feeling I had after finishing the letter. I knew that I did not have sufficient life expectancy to accomplish what Murray had indicated needed to be done.”