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“David Horowitz is so powerful a polemicist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes. For the same reason, the deeply considered philosophical perspective and the wide-ranging erudition underlying his political passions are just as often overlooked. But it is precisely these qualities that come to the fore and shine through so brilliantly in the linked meditations that make up A Point in Time. With Marcus Aurelius, Ecclesiastes, and Dostoevsky as its guides, this little book boldly ventures into an exploration of first things and last that is as moving as it is profound.”
—NORMAN PODHORETZ, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?

“A beautiful book, both sad and uplifting. Moving in turns from the intimate to the universal, Horowitz not only explores but also embodies the dignity of the tragic worldview. A Point in Time is a poignant and elegiac reflection on life from a man who bears the burden of unknowing with courage and grace.”
—ANDREW KLAVAN, author of True Crime and Empire of Lies

“Emulating Marcus Aurelius, David Horowitz has produced a meditation on facing death that is poignant and wise. Whether invoking the Stoics or reflecting on his own father, he helps us think through that most basic of all questions: what is it that can give meaning to our existence?”
—WALTER ISAACSON, author of Einstein

“I have admired David Horowitz for decades. He has taught me many important lessons. But never have I been so moved by his writing as I am by this brief and profound book.”
—DENNIS PRAGER, author of Why the Jews?

About the Author

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 A Point in Time is the third in a series of autobiographical reflections on life and death, which include The End of Time and A Cracking of the Heart.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1St Edition edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159698290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596982901
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on August 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
David Horowitz is best known as a fearless in-your-face political brawler. He will literally go anywhere to debate anyone about any political topic - the more strident the opponent, the better he seems to like it. My local news and talk station interviews Horowitz once a week and I have heard a great deal of those interviews over the years. Horowitz is a formidable debater - a partisan of the first rank. To be honest, it never occurred to me that Horowitz had another gear (which, of course, is silly - we all have other interests) so when I read the description of this short book I knew I had to check it out.

In 'A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next', Horowitz waxes philosophical on time, how things change in this world (or more properly, how nothing ever seems to change), the way dogs live their lives compared to the way people live their lives, the paradox of the fragility and strength of horses, how history is not really "going" anywhere and how living in a world with no faith at all is worse than living in a world with follower that follow their faiths imperfectly.

Each of A Point in Time's three chapters have unique and overlapping perspectives. In the first chapter we are introduced to Horowitz's dogs - three little sparks of life that he enjoys immensely. He considers this to be an odd proposition because he is a relative latecomer to dog ownership. All dog owners know that every dog is unique and, sometimes, the best thing they can do for us is remind us to take joy in the moment.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on September 7, 2011
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I guess David Horowitz must be the most maligned (or un-PC) writer in America. According to my inexact records, none of his many books have ever been reviewed by the PC crowd or the mainstream media.

To which I can only say: it's their loss.

A vivid example is the present book, which is superbly written and very thought-provoking. As always, Horowitz is a superb observer, and the reader delights in what he sees in his dogs and horses: their quirks, oddities, personalities. He mentions an old Jewish saying, "When a man dies, a world dies with him," and holds that it applies to dogs as well. I'm right on the same page with him, having recently lived through the untimely death of a much-loved, curious and intelligent Golden Retriever.

But Horowitz moves on, in impeccable prose, bringing human beings and their world into sharp focus, first by revisiting Marcus Aurelius' Meditations (Optimized for Kindle) and then by examining the two most famous passages from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue (Penguin Classics), to try to deal with his own agnosticism and the bleak possibility of a meaningless, amoral world. He notes that Marcus Aurelius finally comes down on the side of the gods (as did his teacher, Epictetus), and he accurately portrays the religious agony of Dostoevsky --- all while dispassionately noting his own decline and his own refusal to admit that it's really going to be over reasonably soon.

His conclusion on the "religion vs.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on August 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption" by David Horowitz (2011). For those of us who have read Mr. Horowitz' articles over many years, we know that in his youth he championed the socialist cause, but became disenchanted with its collective excesses, and returned to the `conservative' individualist-freedom fold. The author suffered prostate cancer, but survived. Nonetheless, the author seems to be writing his `swain song' about the ending of his mortal self. Initially he talks about his family's dogs, but despite their advancing age: "I am always impressed at how the dogs, familiar with every sight and smell along our way, come at these walks with renewed enthusiasm each time we set out" (p. 6). I do not own any dogs, the author does, therefore it is difficult for this old Army officer to become misty-eyed over canine sentimentalism (I'm just too stoic, and cold-leaded heart). But it is obvious that the author is comparing his advancing, but declining, "Golden Years" to that of those of his faithful dogs. The author reviews his growing up reading various `classics' of Marcus Aurelius, Cassius, Gibbon, Proust & Gorky; mine were: Grant, Sheridan & Patton - cold, military `mission accomplish' oriented. The author wrote: "I have spent the last thirty years of my life trying to understand why it is that so many people living in the greatest and happiest country on earth should be permanently and irretrievably at war with it. What is it that drives otherwise good people to be hostile to civilized democracies like the United States and Israel on the one hand, and sympathetic to barbarian societies and creeds who have sworn to destroy them on the other? This little book I have written - "A Point In Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next" - is my attempt at an answer.Read more ›
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