Radical Son: A Generational Oddysey

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 21, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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In a narrative that possesses both remarkable political importance and extraordinary literary power, David Horowitz tells the story of his startling political odyssey from Sixties radical to Nineties conservative. A political document of our times, Radical Son traces three generations of one American family's infatuation with the radical left from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Marxist empire six decades later. 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, organizing a War Crimes Tribunal over the war in Vietnam. There is Tom Hayden, the radical Everyman who promoted guerrilla warfare in America's cities in the Sixties, married film legend Jane Fonda, and became a Democratic state senator when his revolutions failed. We meet Huey Newton, a street hustler and murderer who founded a black militia that became the Sixties' most resonant symbol of black power and black militance. Horowitz's encounter with Newton and his Black Panthers, the most celebrated radical group of the Sixties, becomes the focal point of the story when a brutal murder committed by the Panthers changes his life forever, prompting the profound "second thoughts" that eventually led him to become an intellectual leader of conservatism and its most prominentactivist in Hollywood.
 

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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

David Horowitz is a fairly well-known commentator and activist on the Right. What many folks under the age of 50 may not realize is that he was one of the most influential and outspoken members of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

Horowitz's journey from radical to, shall we say, right of center really resonated with me. Like Horowitz, my best friend in childhood was a "red diaper" baby, a child of committed communists. Her ... Read full review

Contents

BLACK HOLES 19041939
5
Russia
16
Blanche
24
COMING OF AGE 19401956
33
Idols
45
Loyalties
61
Martyrs
75
Elissa
87
Generations
203
PANTHERS 19731974
219
Betty
240
PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS 19751980
251
COMING HOME 19801992
327
Destructive Generation
366
After the Fall
392
Father and Son
435

REVOLUTIONS 19681973
155
Bring the War Home
179

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About the author (1998)

Horowitz is President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Editor of the journal Heterodoxy.

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