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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; F First Edition, 1st Printing edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594036942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594036941
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 FrontPageMag.com.

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171 of 184 people found the following review helpful By FCDobbs on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Horowitz is a brilliant philosopher and historian. And he has done more than " hobnob" with the 60 's leftists who have, like a malignant metastasizing cancer, gradually but unmistakably taken over the schools and the media, and are in the process of destroying the soul of this great nation. He grew up the son of activist members of the Communist party, and was a mover and shaker of the radical left in the 60"s---a much more substantial contributor to that movement than lightweight Bill Ayers. He details his gradual, tortuous,and ultimately very courageous conversion to conservative writer, philosopher and activist in his book Radical Son. If you want to understand the motives and methods of the left, take a few nights off from the comparatively shallow talking heads at Fox News and read his books. There is no one else out there who so profoundly understands the left, and why it's agenda is so antithetical to the this nation as conceived by the Founders in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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"The Black Book of the American Left" by David Horowitz (Oct. 2013), 398 pgs.

As the author (b. 1939) acknowledged in his book's inside book-cover page that he was weaned on Communist-progressive statism by his parents, and he hobnobbed during the 1960s with New Left radical figures like Huey Newton, Tom Hayden, Bill Ayers, and many other leftist/liberal "Fellow Travelers". He then underwent a transformation from Marxism to free-market individualism (although not necessarily anarchical libertinism).

This book is a collection of 41 magazine essays that the author wrote between 1986-2009, regarding many political issues.

This book is essentially about his transformation from supporting totalitarian communism to becoming a conservative individualist. It stemmed from several tragic influences. Initially, it started in December 1974 when "members of the Black Panther Party murdered a bookkeeper named Betty Van Patter whom I had recruited to keep accounts for a Panther school I had helped to create. The tragedy threw me into a personal crises, creating an ideological turmoil that was compounded five months later by the bloodbath in Southeast Asia following the Communist victory in Vietnam" (pp. 1-2).

The book is comprised of four parts:

Part I: Contains several articles explaining the development of his transformation. He recounts his discussions with various liberals who decide to ignore the killings, and how some of his former comrades turn on him for leaving -- and more unforgivable, exposing -- the 1960s-1970s Radical movement.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on October 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is part I of a collection of essays that introduces readers to the work of David Horowitz, former leftist and perhaps the greatest analyst of on the radical side of the political spectrum. It tells both a personal and political story and illustrates well the dysfunction among those who currently direct America. I've read just about everything David has written since 1989, and I think this collection is an ideal read for those unfamiliar with his work.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By George P. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2013
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David Horowitz, The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz, Vol. 1: My Life and Times (New York: Encounter Books, 2013). Hardback / Kindle

David Horowitz was a Red diaper baby, born in 1939 to and raised in New York City by card-carrying members of the Communist Party USA. In 1956, on the cusp of reaching the age of majority, he, along with his parents, learned of Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech to the Soviet Union’s Communist Party leadership, which revealed the magnitude of Josef Stalin’s crimes against humanity. It was a dispiriting event for partisans of the Old Left, such as Horowitz’s parents, which had defended Stalin against all critics.

It also sowed the seeds of the New Left, a younger generation of social and political radicals—often Red diaper babies—who dedicated themselves to the advancement of various liberation movements, identity politics, socialism, and participatory democracy. Horowitz was a leader in this movement, organizing the first protest against the Vietnam War at Berkeley in 1963; serving on the staff of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in London; writing the New Left’s first critique of American foreign policy, The New World Colossus; editing the leading New Left journal Ramparts with his friend and lifelong collaborator Peter Collier; and helping the Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party establish the Oakland Community Learning Center in Oakland, California.

In 1974, he hired Betty Van Patter, a friend, as accountant for the Learning Center. She was murdered in late 1974, and through contacts, Horowitz learned that her murderers were Black Panther enforcers. She had been killed because she asked Panther leaders too many questions about irregularities in their finances.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao VINE VOICE on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is familiar with the work of David Horowitz; his books, his founding of conservative movements like David Horowitz Freedom Center, Academic Bill of Rights, The Front Page Mag.com., and his relentless fight against the alliance of radical Islam and the American left on college campuses must be aware that he is one of the leading members of the conservative movement in this country.

This book is the first of a planned nine volumes to be published in the coming years that chronicles his writings about the liberal and leftists groups in this country. Many of these articles are thought provoking and shed light on the slow and steady destruction of American values. These essays describe the true nature of the American left. He expresses his desire to persuade those still on the left of the destructive consequences of the ideas they believe in; and second, the frustration with the American conservatives who do not understand the American left. They need to comprehend the Marxist foundations and religious dimensions of the radical faiths such as Islam or the hatred it inspires and propagates. Those who disagree with Horowitz's political views distort his writings and class them as malicious, racial, radical right and highly divisive.

This is a highly readable book and I recommend this to anyone who is interested in an honest discussion about the political affairs in America.

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