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Dave Wood's Book Report, Oct. 21, 2009

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In his inaugural address, President Obama said: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man .... Those ideals still light the word, and we will not give them up for expedience' sake.

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That's how Louis Begley opens his new book, "Why The Dreyfus Affair Matters" (Yale University Press, $24).

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