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Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slavery Hardcover – December 1, 2001

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  • Hardcover: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893554449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554443
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Horowitz sees . . . the reparations movement is motivated not primarily by a concern for justice. It exists instead to denigrate America's founding ideals--ideals that contributed to slavery's end--and to perpetuate a sense of race-based entitlement and victimhood that harms blacks today far more than does the legacy of slavery."

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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Read the book and decide for yourself.
J. Heaney
Many good points are made - beyond the obvious ones of which most people are already aware.
Cashew Son
In this book, Mr. Horowitz brings the issue of reparations into perspective.

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...unfortunately, all slaves and their former masters are dead. Demagogues like Cornell West base their demand for payout on fallacious and ridiculous arguments that defy reason and logic. Forcing the current population of Americans to pay for the sins of people that lived over 150 years ago is not the triumph of morality, it is the negation of morality, holding people responsible for acts that not only weren't committed by them, but weren't even committed by any of their ancestors. (We are an immigrant nation, after all.) To argue that people who had no part whatsoever in slavery are morally responsible requires such intellectual contortions as would confound any psychologist. David Horowitz has provided a public service with this book, both by exposing both the fraud of the reparations movement, and the intellectual dry-rot that has infected an academia that would support such a proposition and engage in browshirted tactics to try to silence any opposition to it.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "greze" on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In this book, conservative commentator David Horowitz actually fights two fronts in he liberal-conservative "culture war".One is the idea of race reparations for slavery, the other, the entrenched leftist ideology of the modern American university. Horowitz began his battle by formulating "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery Is A Bad Idea--And Racist, Too" and sent it to 71 college newspapers nationwide in the form of an advertisement. The first half of the book deals mainly with reaction to the ad on college campuses. Horowitz details the reaction of university student newspaper editors, profeessors and administrators at places such as UC Berkeley, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Brown University. Here, Horowitz tells a chilling, frightening account of the kind of censorship attempted by the far left-of-center campus "commisars". This section is an eye-opener for those who still believe that our American universities are centers for the free exchange of ideas. The section on Brown University, and the lengths that some of the students would go to to suppress the ad is particularly disturbing.The last sections of the book are mainly devoted to the idea of reaparations for slavery itself. The idea itself has been floating around for many years, but has gained monmentum in the last decade due to the publication of the bestselling book "The Debt" by black activist Randall Robinson as well as the formal adoption of the reparations concept by the city councils of several US population centers including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Horowitz gives a reasoned,well-researched refutation of the reaparations concept which leaves one wondering what the folks populating the campi were worried about. Could they be afraid of the truth? Buy this book. It is an essential part of the debate on an issue that will continue to be part of the American landscape, and a revelation to those who seek the truth.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By TONY MIDDLETON on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an accomplished and voracious reader, I judge any book (and thus also judge the author) by its "readability", "relevance", and "reliability". The best reading most enjoying text is essentially worthless if the topic is irrelevant, or if the writer is unreliable. Conversely, a highly reliable and perfectly relevant piece is of equally little value if it has the readability of a parts assembly guide. To my positive delight I recently discovered that David Horowitz's work more than meets my criteria in this regard. I find everything that he writes to have been well researched and eminently factual; and at the same time highly readable, thoroughly enjoyable. Uncivil Wars is no exception. Count on Mr. Horowitz to pull no punches in his relentless presentation of painful truths.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "jamaal_michaels" on February 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an important book, one which the reader will not only enjoy, but which sheds light on an important social issue, one which the US mainstream media has given little attention to.
Horowitz correctly points out that the reparations issue is an on-going attempt by a relative handful of the usual black 'victicrats' to exploit lingering white guilt, stir up black animosity, but most importantly to keep their names in the news and hopefully to shake down some unearned cash.
The whole idea of reparations is clearly insane, on many different levels. Horowitz does a good job of covering them in detail. The idea that all US blacks today are owed huge sums of money for slavery some of their ancestors suffered is certain to be controversial. Basically, reparations supporters are saying, "Whites owe blacks money for something they themselves never did and which never happened to any black alive today." Truly, truly bizarre. The sad thing is that many gullible, poorly educated people fall for this scam and support the racketeers who are trying to run it on the rest of us.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Horowitz's book is the portion where he describes the vicious racism, hatred and hypocrisy he faced for even wanting to discuss the topic of reparations. His descriptions of how the minds of many reparations supporters seemed hermetically sealed against reason, logic and common sense were absolutely chilling.
As a black man myself, I consider this book to be a valuable look at the sociology of race in the US today, as well as an appeal by Horowitz for an end to racism and divisiveness. It's well worth the price, and deserves the high ratings it's received. Buy it today at Amazon.com.
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