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A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next Hardcover – August 29, 2011
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A POINT IN TIME
David Horowitz is so powerful a polemicist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes. For the same reason, the deeply considered philosophical perspective and the wide-ranging erudition underlying his political passions are just as often overlooked. But it is precisely these qualities that come to the fore and shine through so brilliantly in the linked meditations that make up A Point in Time. With Marcus Aurelius, Ecclesiastes, and Dostoevsky as its guides, this little book boldly ventures into an exploration of first things and last that is as moving as it is profound.”
NORMAN PODHORETZ, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?
A beautiful book, both sad and uplifting. Moving in turns from the intimate to the universal, Horowitz not only explores but also embodies the dignity of the tragic worldview. A Point in Time is a poignant and elegiac reflection on life from a man who bears the burden of unknowing with courage and grace.”
ANDREW KLAVAN, author of True Crime and Empire of Lies
Emulating Marcus Aurelius, David Horowitz has produced a meditation on facing death that is poignant and wise. Whether invoking the Stoics or reflecting on his own father, he helps us think through that most basic of all questions: what is it that can give meaning to our existence?”
WALTER ISAACSON, author of Einstein
I have admired David Horowitz for decades. He has taught me many important lessons. But never have I been so moved by his writing as I am by this brief and profound book.”
DENNIS PRAGER, author of Why the Jews?
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To which I can only say: it's their loss.
A vivid example is the present book, which is superbly written and very thought-provoking. As always, Horowitz is a superb observer, and the reader delights in what he sees in his dogs and horses: their quirks, oddities, personalities. He mentions an old Jewish saying, "When a man dies, a world dies with him," and holds that it applies to dogs as well. I'm right on the same page with him, having recently lived through the untimely death of a much-loved, curious and intelligent Golden Retriever.
But Horowitz moves on, in impeccable prose, bringing human beings and their world into sharp focus, first by revisiting Marcus Aurelius' Meditations (Optimized for Kindle) and then by examining the two most famous passages from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue (Penguin Classics), to try to deal with his own agnosticism and the bleak possibility of a meaningless, amoral world. He notes that Marcus Aurelius finally comes down on the side of the gods (as did his teacher, Epictetus), and he accurately portrays the religious agony of Dostoevsky --- all while dispassionately noting his own decline and his own refusal to admit that it's really going to be over reasonably soon.
His conclusion on the "religion vs. politics" debate is pretty clear: politics is clearly not going to create a "new man," especially if there's no God around. The hope he holds out is to improve the world, one person at a time.
This book is a keeper, and gets my highest recommendation.
Horowitz writes of other authors whose works have contributed to his own, such as Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism and Dostoyevsky's dystopian vision of socialism -- the sacrifice of freedom for the security of the state provider. Beside the philsophical segments Horowitz includes the personal experiences with mortality, those being the death of his daughter, Sarah, and his own health issues. The book, as a whole, is coming to terms with mortality.