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The Left is Seldom Right Perfect Paperback – June 10, 2011
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A challenging and provocative look at the history of “right wing” vs. “left wing” political movements and personalities. Dr. Berdichevsky shatters the ideological prism those terms impose. This book will change the way you view the political world, forever.
--Rebecca Bynum, author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
Norman Berdichevsky peels away the superficial layers of Left and Right, digs deep into history, unearths the complex political realities masked by a Good guys-Bad guys dichotomy devised by the Left for its own self-glorification, and brings to light the moral imperative.
--Nidra Poller, novelist and journalist
In his "twenty-five case studies of crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, personalities and elections" Norman Berdichevsky clarifies the confusing history of Left-Right terminologies. He illustrates why a single dimension is insufficient to understand the differences and the unlikely alignments of supposed political opposites.
Be prepared to be enlightened, surprised and entertained as Dr. Berdichevsky lays bare the history behind the history you thought you knew proving that politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed.
--Baron Bodissey (Editor, Gates of Vienna)
The malcontents gnawing at the fabric of western society thought they found a safe place hiding under the misnomer of "progressives". And then came the savvy Norman Berdichevsky!
--Judi McLeod, editor Canada Free Press
It is the darkest times that most anxiously call for light. In a world of lies, the light we hold to is truth. Norman Berdichevsky's work represents a courageous truth. Truth about the world we live in and those who would destroy it. To stand up to lies in a world of them requires courage, and to tell the truth requires even more.
--Daniel Greenfield (Editor, Sultan Knish)--New English Review
The terms LEFT and RIGHT are so taken for granted in any discourse on political affairs that Dr. Berdichevsky s remarkable book appears as a welcome antidote to get us off the habit. It is a novel, insightful and well written treatise that should be required reading in any 101 course on political science and international affairs.
The twenty five case studies cover a varied range of both American and international affairs and history that reveal how often the political extremes on both the Right and Left have found a common front that ..... Glorify and deify abstractions such as The Nation, The Working Class, The Party, The Race, The King, The Leader, The Church and worst of all, The People
The book also contains an engaging personal note on how the author matured from radical and impressionable teenager, captivated by the language of the Left, convinced that it is always right, to the mature student of human nature and fallibility that is apparent in his judgment today.
This is indeed a book that suits the times with the approaching American presidential election of 2012 in which a large segment of the public may be expected to follow the same trajectory of political thinking by rejecting the glamour appeals of the Left with its penchant for identifying itself with so called progressive policies.
A large element in the book deals with how popular culture, particularly the cinema, has molded opinion in identifying its heroes with a false image of THE LEFT and why Hollywood has never dealt honestly with either the crimes of Stalinism and the gulags, Pol Pot, Castro, Arafat, or the principled resistance in World War II to the Nazis on the part of conservative, Christian, monarchist, nationalist and authoritarian parties and leaders... --The Discriminate Thinker
Last year, Dr. Berdichevsky published two books, one on Danish culture and the other on the Left-Right dichotomy. He engages popular culture, films, and the news media to explain why radical leftism is embraced as heroic, while traditional culture is denigrated. Many writers pursue this theme, but few do so with such an interesting and accessible range of topics. It is rare today to find writers who earn the title public intellectual and even more rare that they receive their due: Norman Berdichevsky is a public intellectual in the best sense of the term, and his books and articles deserve a larger audience. --Tina Trent --The Dissident Professor
About the Author
Norman Berdichevsky is the author of The Danish-German Border Dispute, Nations, Language and Citizenship, Spanish Vignettes; An Offbeat Look into Spain's Culture, Society & History and An Introduction to Danish Culture. He is the author of more than 200 articles and book reviews that have appeared in a variety of American, British, Danish, Israeli and Spanish periodicals and is a contributing editor for New English Review.
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Several of the 25 chapters describe examples of European conservatives and right-wingers fighting the Nazis.
During Spain's civil war (1930s), Gen. Franco's military forces were supported by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Berdichevsky reminds the reader that Franco went on to keep "right-wing" Spain neutral during WWII, making possible British naval operations in the Med, and that "right-wing" Franco also provided refuge to Jews escaping occupied France.
The book describes George Orwell's conversion to anti-Commnism while in Spain as a volunteer with the International Brigade in the late 1930s. Orwell wrote about the corrosive murderousness of communists and anarchists who grew to dominate the Republican alliance. The brave idealism of the volunteers to Spain and their horrendous casualties are described, while Berdichevsky suggests the side on which they fought, as it developed, may not have deserved their heroic contributions.
Another story is told of a far less-known volunteer movement, which aided Finland when it was attacked in 1939 by the USSR, just after Germany and the USSR as allies crushed Poland.
Berdichevsky shows "anti-Semitism was not inherently a part of many nationalist 'right-wing' movements and that it is generated today overwhelmingly from the Far Left encouraged by the wealth and power of militant Islam.Read more ›
Norman Berdichevsky's new 2011 book deserves serious attention. Entitled, The Left is Seldom Right, the volume discusses a range of important --current-- political issues from a unique perspective that so far is mostly absent from the blogosphere and from the writings of the punditocracy.
Berdichevsky clearly has strong political views and is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is a political independent more than anything else and analyzes contemporary problems in an altogether fresh way.
The book starts with a tribute to Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism, but takes the story much further. Still, for anyone who has read Goldberg's book Berdichevsky's follow-up will be very welcome. Here is the influence of Liberal Fascism but given new perspective, so unlike many other writers who also have been impressed by Goldberg but mostly have taken his theory as strict doctrine, rather than as a starting place from
which to rethink contemporary politics.
From one viewpoint Goldberg's thesis, that the far Left and the far Right converge, needs substantial modification since he seems to assume only a Marxist Left as bona fide, when in fact the Left was an amalgam of many different radical movements until well into the 20th century. Hence there is this weakness in Berdichevsky's volume also, since he does likewise. However, and the word deserves highlighting, there is so much more to Berdichevsky's overall argument that it would be almost pointless to get into a debate about this kind of reservation.
When reading The Left is Seldom Right you may also come to think to yourself,as I did, that several chapters should receive further treatment.Read more ›
It is undeniably that the Left is a great success in the United States and throughout Europe: from rebelling boomers who instigated the age of Aquarius to today's teenagers who wear Che Guevara tee-shirts, a large number of people identify themselves with the Left and accept unquestioningly its caricature of the Right. This book is about the many wrong concepts and assumptions regarding important events in history that stem from an illusory Right-Left dichotomy disseminated by the Left and perpetuated with the support of the liberal media that dominates in the United States and most of Western Europe. A summary of all the offences of the Left often aided and abetted by the liberal media, can be summarised in a single phrase: fostering the close mind set of individuals.
Norman Berdichevsky is an American human geographer scholar from New York city who lived in Wisconsin where he did his PhD, as well as in Denmark and is presently based in Florida. Berdichevsky's own journey of learning has allowed him to see through the illusion of simplistic model of the Right-Left dichotomy and why such sources must be checked and double-checked when recording and analyzing history, especially when the original is in another language. Regardless of how this book will be received no one can deny the courage of its author in buying this fight with the powerful Left.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Norman finally wrote what has needed to be heard for a long time. And he did it thoroughly and clearly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Left is Seldom Right is written by a person of approximately my own age. And while we experienced or learned the same history. Berdichevsky fills in a lot of the blanks for me. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by E. Lamoreaux
As important as the terms "Left" and "Right" are in contemporary political discourse, it is amazing how few people have a clue where they came from and what they really mean. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by KENNETH L HANSON
I received Dr. Berdichevsky's most recent book as a gift. I thought, it's a nice little book... fits in my purse and is not too heavy. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Iona Hoeppner
As a student studying politics at the university level, I greatly enjoyed Dr. Berdichevsky's poignant thesis and ideas in his most recent book, "The Left is Seldom Right. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by AC300
As I went through this marvelous book, I had to think as I read, since these labels changed vastly over time. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by SUSAN W PHIPPS
Being a student of European history, my first introduction to Norman Berdichevsky's work was through a gift from my wife: this work on the Danish-German border dispute is for... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Ned
This is a highly original and provocative work that succeeds in making us all aware how casually and often wrongly we bandy about the terms of Left and Right. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Mike from Florida