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A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next Hardcover – August 29, 2011
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A POINT IN TIME
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?
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. I have bought this as a gift for friends. I would love to meet David someday.Published 16 days ago by John Brillman
I think this is the best book David Horowitz has ever written and it wasn't even political. This book demonstrates his command over the English language and the prose it can be... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jerry S. Gossett
Fascinating book. I know his history and have always been intrigued by him, but haven't ever read any of his books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Roof
Poignant, intelligent, and literate. Even having read and enjoyed a lot of David Horowitz, I found this a touching and warm surprise. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Collins
Reading David Horowitz's "A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next" is like taking an autumn stroll with a gray-haired elder encountered at a family... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Danusha V. Goska
A very thought provoking book. When wrote about his dogs he had me. I hope to incorporate his ideas in my day to day life. Now I need to read the works of the authors he wrote. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KB
Horowitz gives a good understanding of his life and of his political thoughts that have guided him throughout his life.Published on August 23, 2013 by Maximilian K. Biltz