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From Karl Marx to Barack Obama, Horowitz shows how the idealistic impulse to make the world a better place gives birth to the twin cultural pathologies of cynicism and nihilism and is the chief source of human suffering. A former liberal himself, Horowitz recounts his own brushes with radicalism and offers unparalleled insight into the disjointed ideology of liberal elites through case studies of well-known radial leftists, including Christopher Hitchens, feminist Bettina Aptheker, leftist academic Cornel West, and others.
Exploring the origin and evolution of radical liberals and their progressive ideology, Radicals illustrates how liberalism is not only intellectually crippling for its adherents but devastating to society.
David Horowitz is one of America’s most original and iconoclastic political commentators. He is the best-selling coauthor of The Rockefellers and The Kennedys and the president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture. He lives in Los Angeles.
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By Benin B. on 12-29-12
While this book started off a bit slow, once you get past the first or second chapter you won't be able to put it down.
Absolutely loved the Cornel West chapter. But more than that Horowitz did a fantastic job of threading the needle between marxism and collegiate black studies, feminist studies and American studies courses.
In fact, the only reason I didn't give it an all around five is because of the slow beginning. But outside of that Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion is a real winner!
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By Bilboa on 01-01-15
An American political "MUST READ"!
If you could sum up Radicals in three words, what would they be?
Captivating, insightful, noteworthy
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
A "MUST READ" for anyone truly interested in understanding America's radical left.
What about John McLain’s performance did you like?
I find that many people do not really have an accurate understanding of the principles that motivate America's political left. Horowitz lays bare the inner workings of the radical mind and explains the philosophical underpinning behind the unobtainable Utopian fantasy that drives leftist policy and practice. The book pulls together past and present into a coherent expose of contemporary socialist / progressive thought. The portion on Saul Alinsky and how his disciples have emerged to shape modern America's ominous collectivist trajectory is particularly valuable to the understanding of both how we got here as a nation and where the radicals would have us go next.
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