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A tribute to American freedom and opportunity
on November 23, 2000
As one who was only vaguely familiar with Podhoretz, I found this to be a touching, though unemotional account of the progression of his thought from Left to Right. The book lost me in some of the narcissistic intellectual infighting which has been, I guess, an important part of his life. But color was provided with his anecdotal accounts of the Eastern European Jewish experience in America. His "caution" is to his new friends on the Right who fear that America has gone over the edge culturally. He encourages them to look at the bigger picture, and appreciate the freedom and opportunity we enjoy. I was curious as to why so many Jewish intellectuals have made the shift toward conservatism, yet the mainstream remains stuck in FDR liberalism. This book helps to explain that fact, although I think Horowitz did a better job in "Radical Son".