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In a book that will shatter the complacency of establishment conservatives, David Horowitz shows how Bill Clinton's generation, having mastered the art of political war, has spent the last ten years clobbering the conservatives in and out of government, and offers a strategy for fighting back.

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Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. 2000 Hardcover New 1890626287. --BRAND NEW, FLAWLESS COPY, NEVER OPENED--224 pages. "Politics is war, but in America one side is doing all the ... shooting-liberals. Shell-shocked conservatives blame their failures on the media or unscrupulous opponents, but they refuse to name the real culprit: themselves. In a new book that will shatter the complacency of establishment conservatives, David Horowitz shows how Bill Clinton's generation, having mastered the art of political war, has spent the last ten years clobbering conservatives in and out of government. The best-selling author of Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes has the strategy to fight back. The Democratic Party's recent electoral dominance is due not to its theft of Republican issues, but to its superior grasp of the nature of political war. Horowitz opens his book with the six principles of politics that liberals understand and conservatives do not. He next warns against the essentially liberal inclination to supervise th Read more Show Less

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Overview

In a book that will shatter the complacency of establishment conservatives, David Horowitz shows how Bill Clinton's generation, having mastered the art of political war, has spent the last ten years clobbering the conservatives in and out of government, and offers a strategy for fighting back.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first half of this manifesto is a blunt, savvy, Machiavellian manual on the art of political campaigning that Republicans and Democrats alike may ignore at their own risk. Horowitz (Radical Son, etc.), former 1960s leftist turned prominent conservative, urges Republicans to go on the offensive, to take back issues that Clinton Democrats have co-opted, to reach out to working people and minorities, and to master images, symbols and sound bites as the Democrats have done. The book's incendiary second half, gathering articles of which many originally appeared in the Internet magazine Salon, reveals Horowitz as an independent, rigorous, outspoken political analyst who nevertheless can sound as dogmatic as a conservative as as he did when he was as a leftist. Horowitz calls Noam Chomsky an "America-loathing crank," advocates an end to "racial preferences" (affirmative action), argues that left-wing activists make up the core of the Democratic party, and castigates teachers' unions as the chief opponents to school reform. Ridiculing the NAACP's class-action lawsuits against gun manufacturers and educational testing firms, he contends that leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have betrayed the civil rights movement by promoting a blacks-as-victims mentality and by blaming whites for problems endemic to the black community--an attitude that he says has been exacerbated by a patronizing liberal establishment. Taking aim at motley supporters of censorship--Irving Kristol, Andrea Dworkin, Tipper Gore, Catharine MacKinnon--libertarian Horowitz opposes it in virtually all forms, including the v-chip parents can use to block offending television shows. In one scathing essay he accuses Edward Said, Betty Friedan and Nobel laureate and Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu of falsifying details of their lives to serve their political agendas. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Written by a self-described former Sixties radical whose previous books (Radical Son, Hating Whitey, and The Politics of Bad Faith) explain his transformation to a libertarian conservative, this anthology of essays is an odd mixture of polemic against the Democratic Party, earnest but simple-minded advice to his new-found Republican Party, and heated airing of his strong, often controversial opinions on flashpoint social and political issues. Horowitz advises his fellow Republicans, whom he describes as "managers who want to fix government," to confront their Democratic adversaries, pejoratively called "missionaries who want to fix the world." He sharply criticizes what he believes is the media's bias against Republicans, federal and state education bureaucrats who siphon off federal funds intended for local use, and supposed Democratic Party softness on crime and national defense. Horowitz gets a lot off his politically incorrect chest, but his intended audience--mainly Republicans and independents--might be put off by his libertarian position on censorship or his pugnacious prose. For medium and large public libraries.--Jack Forman, San Diego Mesa Coll. Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Modern American politics is a kind warfare without guns. In The Art Of Political War And Other Radical Pursuits, the once radical activist David Horowitz examines how Bill Clinton's generation of "centrist democrats" mastered the art of politics and successfully challenged their conservative opposition through the decade of the 90s. Horowitz surveys the six principles of politics that the left understands and conservatives do not. He then warns against the essentially liberal inclusion to supervise the lives of a dependent citizenry. The Art Of Political War is informative, candid, challenging, insightful, occasionally iconoclastic, and always highly recommended reading for students of the American political system in general, and the past decade of conservative political frustration in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890626280
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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David's Horowitz's Art of Political War is the Sun Tzu of the 21st century. Horowitz takes the historical strategies of the left, and frames the Republican message as it has never been framed before.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Perfect Political Strategy

    True and uncensored look at the modern political landscape. Exposing democrats for what they are and challenging republicans to do more. Great book for any republican political junkie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    He gets it.

    Mr. Horowitz understands the battlespace of politics. For better or worse we've devolved into a nation of political consumers used to seeing our policy presented in 10 second sound bites. He explains how the Democrats understand that central truth and Republicans don't. He also takes time to defend free speech in true Libertarian fashion pointing out threats from the left and the right. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of footnoting and by some of the essays near the end of the book. They seemed to be more personal attacks or responses to personal attacks, a kind of name-calling among the intelligensia. But I must admit he was spot on in a couple of his assessments. The excerpts from and commentary on some of Cornel West's work were very funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2000

    Why conservatives are losers.

    David Horowitz writes with incisive eloquence. Conservatives are losers because they lack strategies and tactics. The Left wrong-foots them because it understands the art of political warfare and uses it. Conservatives must learn effectiveness. In a few well-chosen words Horowitz explains what to do and how to become effective, how to position yourself and out-fox the opposition. Brilliant stuff!

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