LEFT ILLUSIONS: An Intellectual Odyssey

David Horowitz, Author, Jamie Glazov, Editor , edited with an intro. by Jamie Glazov. Spence $29.95 (497p) ISBN 978-1-890626-51-8

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.)

Reviewed on: 09/29/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 497 pages - 978-1-890626-56-3
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