Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz Hardcover – November 5, 2013
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
1. How Obama Betrayed America....And No One Is Holding HIm Accountable
2. Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion
3.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic critique of the American Left / Progressives / Liberals by a man who was a Communist insider for years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John P. Wagner
Simply put, Mr. Horowitz is a genius at explaining the American left. All those interested in saving America need to read his books.Published 2 months ago by William Penn
A unique perspective from a unique vantage point as one of the founders of the new left of the 60's and beyond. A must read!Published 4 months ago by john cox
Informative book from the perspective of former progressive far left radical turned conservative. David Horowitz tells all. Good book!Published 8 months ago by Tazzy