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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, he's a "traitor"--but is he right?, December 22, 1999
This review is from: Radical Son: A Journey Through Our Times from Left to Right (Hardcover)
It is no surprise that David Horowitz is viciously despised on the left. He now attacks the left with the same persistence and self-righteousness that he once employed in service of radical causes. I can't help but notice, however, that many of his leftist critics choose to explain him in personal, psychological terms rather than discussing the truth of his claims about the left. Perhaps Horowitz leaves himself open to such an interpretation by including so much non-political material--his estrangement from his parents, his broken marriages--in his story. I believe the more important issues of contention are his various claims about the intentions and integrity of the leaders of the New Left, such as Tom Hayden, or their complicity in despicable acts of violence. His charges about the death of Betty Van Patter at the hands of the Black Panthers have brought a bitter exchange with some of his former comrades at salon.com. Say what you will about Horowitz, he is at least no coward and does not shrink from the most difficult issues. This book is important, because it is a necessary antidote to all the romanticized and hagiographic presentations of the sixties and its leaders stuffed down our throats by some of the Baby Boomers--too many people my age seem to swallow the myth that the sixties were about a bunch of idealistic, naive young people fighting against an oppressive system.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2009 4:54:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2009 5:00:56 AM PDT
Know what this comment reminds me of...a phrase a buddy and I came up with on a lonely saturday night in 1965, "sometimes i hate indecision." hate to say

this is one of the most important books you never read

for self assured boomers who want to finally find out just how wrong they've been about everything they ever thought politically, this is it, a second chance...careful this time

hal

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 3:16:21 PM PDT
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a catalyst of decisiveness for me. I was nine years old. My dad in the Strategic Air Command, dropped bombs for a living. I began studying war. Soon Vietnam was on the radar. I bet S. Korea is GLAD they are not S. Vietnam. I never wax `stupid' over that time in history- of which I was intensely sober almost every day! Love your review - thanks.

Posted on May 30, 2016 1:27:26 PM PDT
Tom Graham says:
Very true about the psychologizing attacks. It's the same "bitter clinger, filled with hate and anger" gambit that's used to try to change the subject when what rednecks are saying is true but inconvenient.
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