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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594030804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594030802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully written, unflinching in its contemplation of the abyss, and yet finally hopeful in its acceptance of human finitude." -- Stanley Fish, author of How Milton Works

"This book provides a window into the great divide in our world today." -- Natan Sharansky, author, Fear No Evil

"This is a poignant and powerful rumination on the meaning of life and the meaning of death." -- Walter Issacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"While I have admired the moral courage of Horowitz, I would never have guessed the depths of his spiritual insight." -- Michael Novak, author of On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding

About the Author

David Horowitz is the author of Radical Son, The Politics of Bad Faith, Left Illusions, and other books. He is the President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles, California.

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The book drew me in and compelled me to continue.
David Rolfe
Horowitz makes you stop and think about the concept of life and your own existence.
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And this work indeed feels more like an exposition than an orderly narrative.
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on July 5, 2005
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Two elements are always found in any work by David Horowitz: marvelous writing and unshakeable passion. The End of Time does not disappoint as it is a unique and valuable addition to his oeuvre. As is to be expected, erudition is intrinsic to his efforts. He cannot compose without educating as, despite its brevity, within can be found brilliant quotations and granules of wisdom from the finest minds in the western world. Of these, one by Dr. Johnson is perhaps my favorite, "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates the mind wonderfully."

Horowitz first got the idea for this reflective essay addressing life, death, and the totality of existence during air travel. He correctly points out that thoughts of death cross the mind of most every passenger as we ride and jerk above the clouds. A combination of 9/11 and being diagnosed with prostate cancer created a need for him to make sense of an indecipherable future. Impending death, if not due to cancer then to old age, conceptually has put him in the position we physically find him in upon the book's jacket cover. He wades alone at sea with no land or person to secure him. The figure we see is a shadowy composite who, like all the rest of us, ultimately stands alone.

The End of Time is not tightly structured which allows its narration to flow along many lines of inquiry. Horowitz discusses a variety of topics and subtopics. Religion, of course, is one of them. He is an agnostic who scrutinizes the Pensees of Pascal, but, ultimately, cannot agree with the philosopher's conclusions. Although it is to our benefit that he so fully elucidates the Frenchman's final observations.

His scholar's eye then fixes itself on cancer and the way in which it is treated today.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By David Rolfe on August 8, 2005
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David Horowitz, the notorious reformer and self-proclaimed agnostic, having survived a brush with death, struggles to make sense of life.

I don't often pick up books that threaten to contain a long lecture, but I tried this one and was gripped by the way Horowitz illuminates the outline of a greater truth as he makes poetic connections between history and philosophy and personal anecdotes. I'm recommending his book with my highest praise.

(I'm being precise when I say Horowitz "illuminates the outline"; the greater truth is far too big for us to perceive it with clarity. The collective wisdom of our lives leads us to seek as David Horowitz has done, but we remain uncertain. Horowitz approaches the Great Questions most appropriately, understanding on one hand why human life is meaningless without answers, while at the same time remaining painfully aware that the answers, if they exist at all, are beyond our grasp. The great paradox is created because we must seek that which we will never truly find. To fail to seek is to be less than fully human; to declare that one has uncovered the complete and ultimate truth is the mark of a dangerous fanatic, and evil is sure to follow.)

The book drew me in and compelled me to continue. While my eyes moved across the pages, I felt I was in the presence of something overwhelming. It's as if Horowitz is my guide, urging me ever-closer to the curtain behind which God Himself must reside. But somehow there remains a boundary that we cannot cross in life, and so we have no choice but to return unfulfilled to our routines.

Read the book. It's a brief journey that leads to an essential vantage.

P.S.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Contratimes on June 28, 2005
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I started David Horowitz's "The End of Time" on Sunday night. It is Tuesday morning, early, and I've nearly finished the book a second time.

As other reviewers have shared, this is not a political book. It is much more than that. It reminds me a bit of the wonderful "A Grief Observed," by C.S.Lewis, his posthumously-published complaints (and praises) about life and God following the death (to cancer) of his wife. It also reminds me of the breath-taking "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanauken, which is perhaps the most romantic book ever written (and which also deals with dying). And it reminds me of the prophet Jeremiah.

For "The End of Time" is indeed plaintive, and yet full of glad resignation. It is indeed romantic, with death as the backdrop, as it unveils gems about Horowitz and his wife, April. And the work is prophetic, but not in the pop-culture idea of prophecy, fraught with dark augurings into the distant future. It is prophetic in connecting dots; in seeing outcomes that follow from faulty premises; from mistaken alliances with grand ideologies that intend to heal the world with revolutionary zeal, only to kill and maim like so much bad cancer surgery. For Horowitz, the problem with changing the world is not that the world doesn't need changing. The problem is that the human heart needs changing, and yet the heart is as unfathomable as any God. Broken people gathered together under a revolutionary banner do not make a whole humanity; they merely make a collection of broken people with a broken banner.

I am touched by Horowitz. There is a transparency that is touching; a candor that is refreshing. He is a man that is at ease with himself, and his inevitable fate. He looks at the abyss unflinchingly; he is not afraid. One can only appreciate his fortitude.
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