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Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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Among those profiled in Radicals:
- The witty and brilliant, if self-destructive, Christopher Hitchens, a friend who had second thoughts but couldn’t break with his radical faith
- Bettina Aptheker, whose troubled life illustrates the totalitarian dimensions of radical feminism
- Cornel West, a celebrity academic whose preposterous success is a reflection on the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the liberal culture
- Saul Alinsky, the radical mentor of the most successful leftist politicians of our time, from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama
Incisive in its critique, and alternatively moving and devastating in its portraits of leading radicals, Horowitz’s book lays bare the roots of radicalism, how it is abetted by liberalism, and how liberals have utterly failed to learn from its repeated personal and political disasters.
From the Back Cover
David Horowitz is one of America’s most important and interesting thinkers.”
Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias
The most brilliant political mind in America.”
Dennis Miller, author of The Rant Zone
David Horowitz is a national treasure.”
Roger Kimball, author of The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America
Praise for David Horowitz’s previous book Point in Time:
David Horowitz is so powerful a polemist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes.”
Norman Podhoretz, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?
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 Still the Best Hope
Top Customer Reviews
Horowitz has written over 20 books, numerous articles and has appeared on countless television programs. It is fair to say that he possesses a keen perception and an unusually incisive mind. As a radical during the 1960s, whose parents were staunch members of the Communist Party, he was the editor of Ramparts magazine and was involved in almost every cause dear to the heart of the Left. In his new book he reveals the tune the Devil is whistling and does so with a precision that comes from whistling it so long and so well himself.
The second paragraph of his introduction gives a hint of what is to come: "The desire to make things better is an impulse essential to our humanity. But taken beyond the limits of what is humanly possible, the same hope is transformed into a destructive passion until it becomes a desire to annihilate whatever stands in the way of the beautiful idea. Nihilism is thus the practical extreme of the radical project. Consequently, the fantasy of a redeemed future has repeatedly led to catastrophic results as progressive radicals pursue their impossible schemes."
To illustrate this Horowitz describes his dealings with, and knowledge of, a cast of characters some of whom had "second thoughts" but could never quite discard the squalid sort of romantic idealism that so often led to evil confirming Benjamin Franklin's observation that "inclination is too strong for reason.Read more ›
Alinsky also preached "The American System should be burned to the ground, but to achieve this goal you must conceal your intentions. Conceal the goal and you can accomplish anything."
This is an important book about radicals written by a former radical who finally decided that utopian societies were only fantasies that could never actually exist.
In 232 pages and six chapters plus a short introduction David Horowitz shines a spot light on several important radicals including Alinsky and Obama. The six chapters are titled "The Two Christophers, Feminist Accuser, Cultural Decline, Pardoned Bombers, Liberated Woman," and "A Radical Machiavelli."
The last chapter is mostly about Saul Alinsky and his two most famous long-term practitioners and acolytes, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"By profession Saul Alinsky was a `community organizer,' but like everything else in his political life the term was a calculate camouflage for his real agenda, which was a world-transforming revolution (the original title of his most famous book was "Rules For Revolution"). Alinsky's preferred identification was `rebel,' and his entire career was devoted to the destruction of America's social order, which he regarded as oppressive and unjust, and--in his words--worthy of `burning.'"
"Alinsky came of age in the 1930s, where he was drawn to the world of the gangsters he encountered while doing field studies as a graduate student in sociology at the University of Chicago.Read more ›
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Radical Son was a book that changed my life forever. I read it in college many years ago along with Slouching Towards Gomorra - Robert Bork and the insight into '60's radicalism... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Viki Goff
Here is a short summary of the book: radicals are stupid. Hardly something new. But that makes reading a book written by a radical a rather stupid loss of time...Published 4 months ago by Oli
Caveat lector: author Horowitz is compromised. Same whom--repeatedly--facilely fudges and twists basic Marxian truths to the point of libelous culpability. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles L. Zorbaugh Sr.
Deception is the foundation of all of these individuals. It was once said that there are those who make disciples twice as fit for hell as they are themselves. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Jones