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Posted May 27, 2005
This was an excellently and artistically (sustained by a life of writing and speaking) written memoir of David Horowitz who has devoted his life as a pundit to two contradictory political philosophies: Marxism and now democratic capitalism and its consequent individual liberty. The majority of the book deals with questions on the value placed on life and death. Personally, the author gives insight into this topic by discussing people who have given value to his insights: his father, his wife, family, friends, and select authors such as Saul Bellow and Blaise Pascal. Of course, the events of 911 and diagnosis with cancer no doubt give poignant revelation of man's frailty. It is in the twilight of life that the author realizes that the nature of man is terminal. The book warns against religion, politicians, and do-gooders that define the nature of man differently and attempt to impose solutions to 'redeem' man from his fate. Sadly, despite many spiritual insights and moving autobiographical detail, it would seem that the author, a self-proclaimed agnostic, is still controlled by a materialistic conception of life and seems to conclude that the work of life is what sustains man and provides the air he breaths. It is the work that redeems the time.
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