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Left illusions : an intellectual odyssey
Horowitz, David, 1939-
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Dallas : Spence Pub. Co., [2003]

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xlii, 497 pages ; 24 cm
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Horowitz's newest book provides the first map of his intellectual development. Complementing his acclaimed autobiography, Radical Son, the selections in Left Illusions range from his first book, published over 40 years ago, to his most recent writings on the war against terror.

Author Notes

David Horowitz is president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.
Jamie Glazov is the managing editor of FrontPage magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in history with a specialty in Soviet Studies

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Author's Notep. xxxix
Acknowledgmentsp. xlii
I Beginnings
1 Prologuep. 3
2 Idolsp. 6
3 Imagination and Perceptionp. 15
II The New Left
4 A Generation of Silencep. 25
5 New Politicsp. 29
6 Hand-Me-Down Marxismp. 34
7 Solzhenitsyn and the Radical Causep. 38
8 The Passion of the Jewsp. 46
9 Telling It Like It Wasn'tp. 72
III Second Thoughts
10 Questionsp. 85
11 Left Illusionsp. 102
12 My Vietnam Lessonsp. 110
13 Semper Fidel: The Battle over Nicaraguap. 117
14 The Road to Nowherep. 126
IV Reflections on Race
15 Memories in Memphisp. 151
16 Liberals and Racep. 161
17 Ten Reasons Why Reparations Are a Bad Idea--and Racist, Toop. 170
18 Racism and Free Speechp. 182
19 Conservatives and Racep. 194
V The Gramscian Moment
20 The Intellectual Class Warp. 207
21 Missing Diversityp. 214
22 Wake Up America: My Visit to Vanderbiltp. 222
23 The Era of Progressive Witch-Huntsp. 230
VI Progressive Witch-Hunts
24 Carl Bernstein's Communist Problem and Minep. 245
25 Et Tu, John?p. 256
26 Michael Lind and the Right-Wing Cabalp. 271
27 Defending Christopher Hitchensp. 288
VII The Post-Communist Left
28 Marx's Manifesto: 150 Years of Evilp. 299
29 From Red to Greenp. 308
30 V-Day, 2001p. 315
31 AIDS: Political Origins of an Epidemicp. 319
32 An American Killing Fieldp. 330
33 The Meaning of Left and Rightp. 336
VIII The Art of Political War
34 The Art of Political Warp. 343
35 How to Beat the Democratsp. 356
IX The War on Terror
36 Know Your Enemyp. 369
37 Port Huron and the War on Terrorp. 376
38 Clinton's Pardoned Bombersp. 384
39 Why Israel Is the Victimp. 393
40 Can There Be a Decent Left?p. 409
41 Alienation in a Time of Warp. 416
42 Neo-Communismp. 425
X Envoi
43 Roads Not Takenp. 441
Notesp. 445
Bibliographyp. 465
Indexp. 473