No Conclusive Correlation Between Family History and a Litigious Disposition

Jim Ritter examines Born to Rebel, the infamous Frank Sulloway book that suggested that firstborns are grat achievers and younger siblings that turn out to be the revolutionaries. Apparently, an attorney by the name of Frederic Townsend has taken Sulloway to task in his spare time. Poring through Sulloway’s contents, Townsend submitted a critique to the journal, Politics and the Life Sciences, which resulted in publication, a lawsuit, a retraction, misconduct charges, and volatile outbursts — in short, a shitstorm more stirring than L’Affaire Slater.