Left Illusions: An Intellectual Odyssey

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While most kids his age were outside playing baseball, young Horowitz was attending Communist rallies and parades. During the '60s Horowitz stayed true to his radical roots, becoming a prominent leader of the New Left. But when a close friend was murdered by the Black Panthers, Horowitz sank into a pit of personal and political despair. -- Publishers Weekly
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While most kids his age were outside playing baseball, young Horowitz was attending Communist rallies and parades. During the '60s Horowitz stayed true to his radical roots, becoming a prominent leader of the New Left. But when a close friend was murdered by the Black Panthers, Horowitz sank into a pit of personal and political despair. -- Publishers Weekly
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Publishers Weekly
While most kids his age were outside playing baseball, young Horowitz was attending Communist rallies and parades. During the '60s Horowitz stayed true to his radical roots, becoming a prominent leader of the New Left. But when a close friend was murdered by the Black Panthers, Horowitz sank into a pit of personal and political despair. After a 10-year exile from politics, he finally came to grips with what he now saw as the inhumanity of his radical life and committed what was considered the greatest betrayal (he has been called a Nazi and a "demented lunatic"): he became a conservative. His latest book is a collection of articles, one published for the first time here, and some excerpts from previous books, tracing the scope of his political journey. He writes on race, AIDS and the war on terror, but saves most of his energy for what he views as the destructive force of the progressives, the harm wrought by Communists around the world as well as in America, a criticism all the more poignant coming from one who had once marched in their ranks. Horowitz demonstrates a clear and sound thought process as well as an unusual talent for good writing. Whatever one many think about Horowitz's more controversial views and tactics-such as his denunciation on campuses around the country of the slavery reparations movement-he is one of the best political writers on either side of the aisle. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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This new collection of 43 essays complements Horowitz's powerful 1996 memoir, Radical Son. Beginning with his early work, composed while he helped found the New Left during the 1960s, Horowitz (Hating Whitey) recounts his intellectual progression from leftist to conservative by the beginning of the Reagan administration. While Horowitz had intellectual reasons for his change, a powerful one was also personal. When a friend was murdered, allegedly by a member of the Black Panthers, the lack of concern his political allies seemed to display led Horowitz to question his beliefs. As with his other books, Horowitz explains his political shift plus his views on race, multiculturalism, political strategy, and the war on terrorism. Particularly interesting is the section containing chapters on Marx's Communist Manifesto, the environmental movement, and what constitutes the Left and Right in contemporary American politics. Horowitz of course continues his sparring with former colleagues on the Left. One does not need to agree with his political, social, or cultural views to appreciate his sharp intellectual and writing skills. Like another political convert, Whittaker Chambers, he is worth reading. Recommended for all politics collections.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890626518
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
I Beginnings
1 Prologue 3
2 Idols 6
3 Imagination and Perception 15
II The New Left
4 A Generation of Silence 25
5 New Politics 29
6 Hand-Me-Down Marxism 34
7 Solzhenitsyn and the Radical Cause 38
8 The Passion of the Jews 46
9 Telling It Like It Wasn't 72
III Second Thoughts
10 Questions 85
11 Left Illusions 102
12 My Vietnam Lessons 110
13 Semper Fidel: The Battle over Nicaragua 117
14 The Road to Nowhere 126
IV Reflections on Race
15 Memories in Memphis 151
16 Liberals and Race 161
17 Ten Reasons Why Reparations Are a Bad Idea - and Racist, Too 170
18 Racism and Free Speech 182
19 Conservatives and Race 194
V The Gramscian Moment
20 The Intellectual Class War 207
21 Missing Diversity 214
22 Wake Up America: My Visit to Vanderbilt 222
23 The Era of Progressive Witch-Hunts 230
VI Progressive Witch-Hunts
24 Carl Bernstein's Communist Problem and Mine 245
25 Et Tu, John? 256
26 Michael Lind and the Right-Wing Cabal 271
27 Defending Christopher Hitchens 288
VII The Post-Communist Left
28 Marx's Manifesto: 150 Years of Evil 299
29 From Red to Green 308
30 V-Day, 2001 315
31 AIDS: Political Origins of an Epidemic 319
32 An American Killing Field 330
33 The Meaning of Left and Right 336
VIII The Art of Political War
34 The Art of Political War 343
35 How to Beat the Democrats 356
IX The War on Terror
36 Know Your Enemy 369
37 Port Huron and the War on Terror 376
38 Clinton's Pardoned Bombers 384
39 Why Israel Is the Victim 393
40 Can There Be a Decent Left? 409
41 Alienation in a Time of War 416
42 Neo-Communism 425
X Envoi
43 Roads Not Taken 441
Notes 445
Bibliography 465
Index 473
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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Horowitz is the Sammy "The Bull" Gravano of the Far Left

    Imagine if one of the architects of the 1960's protest movement turned conservative and exposed the true motives of the anti-war movement, pro-Black Panther, Port Huron statment crowd. Well, David Horowitz is it. A self-described "red diaper baby", Horowitz was born into a communist family in the heart of the reddest community in New York. He spent the first half of his life working to overturn conservative America until a personal tragedy caused him to rethink all of his values. Now, as one of the most feared intellectuals of the Right, Horowitz explains how, once Vietnam disappeared as an issue, the Marxist Left made a conscious decision to take over the news media, college campuses and Hollywood in order to control the commanding heights of popular culture. He also explains who is behind the environmental movement and how "Green is the new Red". Ideas are the most powerful things on earth. If you want to understand how the idea of communism is still pulling the strings in our society seventeen years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, this book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    SWIITCHING RADICALS TO FREEDOM

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK BY DAVID HOROWITZ. HE IS A GREAT WRITER AND SPEAKER. HOWEVER THIS PUBLICATION TRACES SHOWS HOW HE ONCE WAS A LEFT WING REVOLUTIONERY TRYING TO OVER THROW AMERICA AND THIS BOOK SHOWED ME HOW MR HOROWITZ WAS ABLE TO CHANGE HIS REVOLUTIONERY VIEWS TO BEING A REAL PATRIOT AMERICAN. THIS GREAT PIECE OF LITERATURE BY DAVID HOROWITZ WAS VERY AMAZING TO READ BECAUSE IT SHOWED HOW A PERSON COULD CHANGE FROM LIGHT TO NIGHT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    The truth that some hate to hear

    This book was absolutely facinating. I have a son at college and after I read it cover to cover'It took me 3 days' I sent it in the mail to him. He is still in the process of reading it. He said you never hear about this stuff on the local news or around campus. I told him that's why I sent it to him. It's a must read if you want the truth about the left in this country, period.

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