Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey

Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey

by David Horowitz

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David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left and an editor of Ramparts, the magazine that set the intellectual and revolutionary tone for the movement. From his vantage point at the center of the action, he populates Radical Son with vivid portraits of people who made the radical decade, while unmaking America at the same time. We are introduced to an aged Bertrand Russell, the world-famous philosopher and godson of John Stuart Mill, who in his nineties became America’s scourge. There is Tom Hayden, the radical Everyman who promoted guerrilla warfare in America’s cities in the Sixties, and became a Democratic state senator when his revolutions failed. We meet Huey Newton, a street hustler and murderer who founded the Black Panthers. A brutal murder committed by the Panthers prompts Horowitz’s profound second thoughts that eventually transformed him into an intellectual leader of conservatism and its most prominent activist in Hollywood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684840055
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/21/1998
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 235,879
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.30(d)

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Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely good book that illustrates how leftist views are more of a misguided faith than a viable alternative to a free representative republic.
Emmy32 More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 10 years ago on a whim because, at a glance, his story seemed compelling. From growing up in a communist commune in the '50s, working for the Black Panthers in the '60s, to becoming a conservative in the 80s is quite the change. I couldn't put this book down and lent it to several friends and family members and they loved it as well. I very highly recommend it.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting account of the political era in which David Horowitz grew up with personal touches that make the book more intimate than a mere history. It is thus an interesting read for those, like myself, with an interest in history and political science. His transformation from radical to conservative makes for fascinating reading and is a unique story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'radical son' is the amazing autiobiogrphy of david horowitz. he was a former communist who involved very deeply in the radical elements of the party and went so far as to organize protests and I was very fasinated to learn about how mr horowitz was able to do a 180 from the communist party and how this arthur was able to learn to be a conservative republican and vote for reagan. it was very intresting to stop from the communist party.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Horowitz entered this world as a 'red diaper baby,' the son of two American Communists. He was an intellectual leader of the New Left in the 1950s and 1960s and became heavily involved with the Black Panthers.

Horowitz's parents were betrayed by Khruschev's 'Secret Speech' in which he admitted the excesses of Stalin, and Horowitz was determined to avoid placing himself in a similar position in which he could be betrayed.

He details the tactics of the New Left, showing how it was more important to advance the Movement than it was to use honest arguments. Horowitz's own disillusionment came when he knew of a murder committed by the Black Panthers which was not properly investigated or prosecuted. He moved to Right, voting for Reagan in 1984.

I find this book's portrayal of the New Left to be disturbing. The success of the American political system ultimately depends on the parties (in the broad sense, including, but not limited to, the two major political Parties) acting in good faith. Horowitz documents that the New Left, the Communists, and their Fellow Travelers have not done so.