Radical Son

  • by David Horowitz
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 provides vivid portraits of people who made the radical decade: world-famous philosopher Bertrand Russell, who in his 90s became America's scourge, organizing a War Crimes Tribunal over the war in Vietnam; Tom Hayden, the radical Everyman who promoted guerrilla warfare in America's cities in the 60s and became a Democratic state senator when his revolutions failed; and Huey Newton, a street hustler and murderer who founded the most celebrated radical group of the 60s, the Black Panthers. A brutal murder committed by the Panthers prompted Horowitz's profound "second thoughts" that eventually transformed him into an intellectual leader of conservatism and its most prominent activist in Hollywood.

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What the Critics Say

"David Horowitz's powerful autobiography details a long journey from a boyhood in the ambit of American Stalinism, through young adulthood at the vanguard of the New Left, to a mid-life recognition that his various gods had failed. Horowitz's gift for irony and eye for detail haven't deserted him." (Eric Breindel, editorial page editor, New York Post)

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A story that shouldn't be missed!

Where does Radical Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best explanations of the 60's and the radical mindset. You will find yourself constantly saying, "Ahaa! Now I understand!"

This book is like a Rosh Hashana Challa, sweet, complete, and satisfying. Perhaps a bit like Passover with some bitter herbs as well. But no life is complete without that. You feel the wholeness of life, living, and dying, betrayal and disbelief, hope and perseverance.


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- William

An Autobiographical Intellectual Journey

Radical Son is the story of David Horowitz's intellectual journey from "Red Diaper Baby" to bonafide 60's radical, and finally to the well known conservative thinker and activist he is today. I initially expected Radical Son to be more of an opinion-based work - though I'm not exactly sure why, as the name and description do not describe it as such. Indeed, I originally purchased it to use up some credits and put off listening to it for some time. But as I finally began listening, I quickly realized that the purpose of this book was to chart Mr. Horowitz's life beginning as the child of American Communist co-conspirators. This book touches on topics ranging from the philosophy of thought, family, relationships, and politics. It is at times, shocking, and at others, highly emotional. Radical Son is a very difficult book to describe.

Horowitz describes the "differentness" of his upbringing and his thorough indoctrination by devoted Marxist parents, friends, and fellow travelers. Yet Horowitz's keen intellect and principled and sincere humanity continually left him struggling to justify his political goals - a struggle that would only intensify as he grew older.

His inside descriptions of events I recall only from a distance in the 1960's and 1970's, are truly breathtaking. The most pivotal of these were undoubtedly his dealings with Huey Newton and his "family" - events which would ultimately shatter his world and send him in a direction far different than his upbringing would portend. Horowitz chronicles the full court betrayal by longstanding friends in the political left, leaving him ultimately, a man alone.

This is a dynamic and sensitive look at an intelligent and sensitive man, that shows us how the power of critical thinking and the quest for the truth, knows nor follows any particular agenda.
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- J. Johnston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.