David Horowitz is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Unholy Alliance, as well as The Professors, and his celebrated autobiography Radical Son. He is president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and founder of the online news magazine FrontPageMag.com.
The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitzby David Horowitz
David Horowitz spent the first part of his life in the world of the Communist-progressive left, a politics he inherited from his mother and father, and later in the New Left as one of its founders. When the wreckage he and his comrades had created became clear to him in the mid-1970s, he left. Three decades of second thoughts then made him this movement’s
David Horowitz spent the first part of his life in the world of the Communist-progressive left, a politics he inherited from his mother and father, and later in the New Left as one of its founders. When the wreckage he and his comrades had created became clear to him in the mid-1970s, he left. Three decades of second thoughts then made him this movement’s principal intellectual antagonist. “For better or worse,” as Horowitz writes in the preface, “I have been condemned to spend the rest of my days attempting to understand how the left pursues the agendas from which I have separated myself, and why.”
When Horowitz began his odyssey, the left had already escaped the political ghetto to which his parents’ generation and his own had been confined. Today, it has become the dominant force in America’s academic and media cultures, electing a president and achieving a position from which it can shape America’s future. How it achieved its present success and what that success portends are the overarching subjects of Horowitz’s conservative writings. Through the unflinching focus of one singularly engaged witness, the identity of a destructive movement that constantly morphs itself in order to conceal its identity and mission becomes disturbingly clear.
Horowitz reflects on the years he spent at war with his own country, collaborating with and confronting radical figures like Huey Newton, Tom Hayden and Billy Ayers, as he made his transition from what the writer Paul Berman described as the American left’s “most important theorist” to its most determined enemy.
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Brilliant anthology of his earlier writings. He is reviled by the Left because he knows where all the bodies are buried. His analysis is spot on and cogent. His style is graceful and almost conversational. I have not read a bad book by him yet.
Having read all five books released so far, I have to say that David Horowitz is dead on accurate! To the progressive left, he is nothing but a turncoat. The left does not attempt to prove him wrong (they cannot), they just use smear tactics to try and hide him. All five books show how the left is anti-American, self-hating, and traitors to the United States. This series of books should be required reading at colleges and universities, but will never be. The leftists running the universities would never allow them.
This text is very insightful. D.H. writes in a manner that makes you want to read more.
David Horowitz is touted as "one of the leading thinkers on the Left" by one of the reviews. This book shows otherwise. All this volume does is posit Horowitz's personal experience and reflections of being on the Left. It doesn't attack any arguments, or make any serious polemic or consideration. At the times that he does attempt to battle Left wing ideas, he does so disingenuously. It consists of many articles beginning in Horowitz' early years as a "Conservative" (really, a Neoconservative) and ends with the modern day writings of Horowitz. One such attack, on Noam Chomsky, one of the "most important intellectuals alive" according to the New York Times, consisted of purposely misconstruing the context and content of the quote Chomsky had published and making it seem as if Chomsky was just thrilled to see the Khmer Rouge slaughter millions of Cambodians. Of course, the real quote shows Chomsky not praising the Khmer Rouge, but reporting that others praise it. Quite a significant difference. Furthermore, it seems Horowitz has made himself seem quite foolish in recent times. Horowitz, of course, claiming Obama is a Communist and that the Democratic Party have moved as far to the Left as the Communist Party. Which, as any serious far-Leftist (like me) will tell you, is laughable. Obama is a Nixon Republican and the Democrats are a Centrist party. Far from the menace that Horowitz makes it out to be. Anyway, I didn't like the book and I think if one seriously researches Horowitz claims they'll realize how dishonest his arguments and tactics are; and how crazy and ridiculous his claims are. I used to believe in the nonsense him and Glenn Beck spouted until I actually noticed that they are just loud mouths who don't have any ability to do research. I guess that's why I am a Socialist now. Want to know how a REAL Leftist thinks? Read Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman, Bernie Sanders etc. Don't listen to Horowitz baseless red baiting.