The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz

The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz

by David Horowitz


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David Horowitz spent the first part of his life in the world of the Communist-progressive left, a politics he inherited from his mother and father, and later in the New Left as one of its founders. When the wreckage he and his comrades had created became clear to him in the mid-1970s, he left. Three decades of second thoughts then made him this movement’s principal intellectual antagonist. “For better or worse,” as Horowitz writes in the preface, “I have been condemned to spend the rest of my days attempting to understand how the left pursues the agendas from which I have separated myself, and why.”

When Horowitz began his odyssey, the left had already escaped the political ghetto to which his parents’ generation and his own had been confined. Today, it has become the dominant force in America’s academic and media cultures, electing a president and achieving a position from which it can shape America’s future. How it achieved its present success and what that success portends are the overarching subjects of Horowitz’s conservative writings. Through the unflinching focus of one singularly engaged witness, the identity of a destructive movement that constantly morphs itself in order to conceal its identity and mission becomes disturbingly clear.

Horowitz reflects on the years he spent at war with his own country, collaborating with and confronting radical figures like Huey Newton, Tom Hayden and Billy Ayers, as he made his transition from what the writer Paul Berman described as the American left’s “most important theorist” to its most determined enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594038693
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Horowitz is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Unholy Alliance , as well as The Professors , and his celebrated autobiography Radical Son. He is president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and founder of the online news magazine

Table of Contents

Preface to The Black Book of the American Left ix

Introduction to My Life and Times 1

Part I Reflections From My Life

1 Left Illusions 13

2 Why I Am No Longer a Leftist 23

3 Reality and Dream 31

4 My Conservatism 37

5 Black Murder Inc. 43

6 Treason of the Heart 71

7 A Political Romance 81

8 Reflections on the Road Taken and Not 91

9 Letter to the Past 95

10 Think Twice Before You Bring the War Home 103

11 The End of Time 107

12 Getting This Conservative Wrong 121

13 What My Daughter Taught Me About Compassion 131

14 Something We Did 135

15 Who I Am 141

16 Peter and Me 149

Part II Reflections on the Left

1 Goodbye to All That (with Peter Collier) 155

2 My Vietnam Lessons 161

3 Semper Fidel 175

4 A Decade Overrated and Unmourned (with Peter Collier) 185

5 Keepers of the Flame (with Peter Collier) 205

6 Carl Bernstein's Communist Problem @ Mine 213

7 Political Cross-Dresser 223

8 Still Lying After All These Years 243

9 Repressed Memory Syndrome 249

10 Fidel, Pinochet @ Me 259

11 Marginalizing Conservative Ideas 265

12 Can There Be a Decent Left! 271

13 The Left and the Constitution 279

14 Neo-Communism I 289

15 Neo-Communism II 295

16 Neo-Communism III 301

17 Discover the Networks 311

18 Keeping an Eye on the Domestic Threat 321

Part III Slander as Political Discourse

1 Paul Herman's Demented Lunacy 327

2 In Defense of Matt Drudge 331

3 Target of a Witch-Hunt 335

4 The Serial Distortions of Sid Vicious 349

5 The Surreal World of the Progressive Left 355

Part IV Two Talks on Autobiographical Themes

1 Plus Ca Change: Fifty Years Gone By 377

2 Reflections of a Diaspora few on Zionism, Israel and America 387

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The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dambro More than 1 year ago
Brilliant anthology of his earlier writings. He is reviled by the Left because he knows where all the bodies are buried. His analysis is spot on and cogent. His style is graceful and almost conversational. I have not read a bad book by him yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all five books released so far, I have to say that David Horowitz is dead on accurate! To the progressive left, he is nothing but a turncoat. The left does not attempt to prove him wrong (they cannot), they just use smear tactics to try and hide him. All five books show how the left is anti-American, self-hating, and traitors to the United States. This series of books should be required reading at colleges and universities, but will never be. The leftists running the universities would never allow them.
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This text is very insightful. D.H. writes in a manner that makes you want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Horowitz is touted as "one of the leading thinkers on the Left" by one of the reviews. This book shows otherwise. All this volume does is posit Horowitz's personal experience and reflections of being on the Left. It doesn't attack any arguments, or make any serious polemic or consideration. At the times that he does attempt to battle Left wing ideas, he does so disingenuously. It consists of many articles beginning in Horowitz' early years as a "Conservative" (really, a Neoconservative) and ends with the modern day writings of Horowitz. One such attack, on Noam Chomsky, one of the "most important intellectuals alive" according to the New York Times, consisted of purposely misconstruing the context and content of the quote Chomsky had published and making it seem as if Chomsky was just thrilled to see the Khmer Rouge slaughter millions of Cambodians. Of course, the real quote shows Chomsky not praising the Khmer Rouge, but reporting that others praise it. Quite a significant difference. Furthermore, it seems Horowitz has made himself seem quite foolish in recent times. Horowitz, of course, claiming Obama is a Communist and that the Democratic Party have moved as far to the Left as the Communist Party. Which, as any serious far-Leftist (like me) will tell you, is laughable. Obama is a Nixon Republican and the Democrats are a Centrist party. Far from the menace that Horowitz makes it out to be. Anyway, I didn't like the book and I think if one seriously researches Horowitz claims they'll realize how dishonest his arguments and tactics are; and how crazy and ridiculous his claims are. I used to believe in the nonsense him and Glenn Beck spouted until I actually noticed that they are just loud mouths who don't have any ability to do research. I guess that's why I am a Socialist now. Want to know how a REAL Leftist thinks? Read Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman, Bernie Sanders etc. Don't listen to Horowitz baseless red baiting.