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Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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Among those profiled in Radicals:
- The witty and brilliant, if self-destructive, Christopher Hitchens, a friend who had second thoughts but couldn’t break with his radical faith
- Bettina Aptheker, whose troubled life illustrates the totalitarian dimensions of radical feminism
- Cornel West, a celebrity academic whose preposterous success is a reflection on the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the liberal culture
- Saul Alinsky, the radical mentor of the most successful leftist politicians of our time, from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama
Incisive in its critique, and alternatively moving and devastating in its portraits of leading radicals, Horowitz’s book lays bare the roots of radicalism, how it is abetted by liberalism, and how liberals have utterly failed to learn from its repeated personal and political disasters.
David Horowitz is one of America’s most important and interesting thinkers.”
Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias
The most brilliant political mind in America.”
Dennis Miller, author of The Rant Zone
David Horowitz is a national treasure.”
Roger Kimball, author of The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America
Praise for David Horowitz’s previous book Point in Time:
David Horowitz is so powerful a polemist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes.”
Norman Podhoretz, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?
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 Still the Best Hope
From the Back Cover
?David Horowitz is one of Americas most important and interesting thinkers.
?Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias
?The most brilliant political mind in America.
?Dennis Miller, author of The Rant Zone
?David Horowitz is a national treasure.
?Roger Kimball, author of The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America
Praise for David Horowitzs previous book Point in Time:
?David Horowitz is so powerful a polemist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes.
?Norman Podhoretz, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?
?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 Still the Best Hope
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Portrayed are Christopher Hitchins, a celebrated maverick commentator and seemingly rudderless author; Bettina Aptheker, an acclaimed professor and feminist accuser who blames everyone else for the ills of American society and her own failures; Cornel West, a celebrated academic, highly praised, but of questionable intellectual capacity, a reflection of lower academic standards and the precipitous decline in the prevailing American (liberal) culture; Kathy Boudin and Susan Rosenberg, unrepentant terrorist bombers pardoned by President Clinton in his last day in office; Susan Lydon, a liberated woman caricatured and praised in her obituary for her alleged feminism and sexual liberation agenda, not the real person, and for the wrong reasons; and finally Saul Alinsky, a radical chameleon and Machiavellian political activist, who has had and continues to have immense influence in liberal politics.
In fact, Alinsky, the radical "community organizer," profoundly influenced both the Clintons, and the sitting president, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Alinsky's lessons included the pursuit, attainment, and maintenance of political power by any means, including using subterfuge and forming alliances with other political groups, as long it is to the ultimate benefit of gaining political power. While reading about these radical luminaries, we also encounter and are regaled with dozens of other "fellow travelers" we meet along the way.
Radicals is eloquently written with artistic flare, brilliant turn of phrases, words precisely chosen, magnificently constructed prose. Yet, Horowitz's observations are profound, astutely unlocking the mind of radicals and exposing their modus operandi with psychoanalytic and surgical precision. Radicals, in short, is highly recommended for the historical and political information, as well as for enjoying the masterful literary style in which it was written.
The reviewer Dr. Miguel Faria is a retired Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, medical historian, and an Associate Editor in Chief and World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He is the author of numerous articles on politics, history, and science, including "Stalin's Mysterious Death" (2011) and "The Political Spectrum -- From the Extreme Right and Anarchism to the Extreme Left and Communism" (2011.
Chapter five: Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama, is an astounding must read. It gives us a detailed description of the powerful hidden-Communist, anti-American, beliefs and efforts that drove Saul Alinsky. The events and "leadership" of Obama's presidency seem to show clearly that he learned Alinsky's teachings well, and that they have become his own destructive compass.