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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Horowitz Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455174454
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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.

Horowitz moved from one set of political convictions to another over the course of thirty years, and here he challenges listeners to consider how they came by their own convictions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 midlife 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 of the New York Post

  • “[Horowitz] tells his often painful story with candor and passion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] moving, intellectual autobiography.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Hunt | 2/20/2014

    " I had this book on my bookshelf for years before finally reading it. I was excited to finally read it. Unfortunately, though, while I think it's a very important book for its history, the fine and seemingly infinite details were sheer drudgery and I barely made it to the finish line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/11/2014

    " I glanced at this, expecting little. But it hooked me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 11/11/2013

    " Back to the 60s "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 11/1/2013

    " A fascinating book -- complementary to that of Ronald Radosh. Horowitz is a very angry man but that doesn't lessen the keenness of his insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/24/2013

    " Communism. Marxism. Berkeley University. Radicalism. The Black Panthers. All contemporary interests and affiliations in the life of a young David Horowitz. A wonderful profile of a former radical who came to grips with his beliefs and engaged the dogma around him, eventually becoming a Reagan-supporting conservative. Born into a Communist home that revered the Soviet Union and Marxism, he attended Columbia with Red professors and eventually headed West to the radicalism of Berkeley. He received his degree in English Literature and was an editor at the '60s magazine Ramparts with his, now, long-time colleague Peter Collier. After becoming involved with The Black Panthers and Bobby Seale he came to see the ugliness of the movement that he loved. He saw the faith of the Left wrapped in its involvement in radicalism (from the urban terrorists The Weather Underground to Tom Hayden's raised fist approach). He, along with Collier, started rethinking their belief in the Utopia and started the Second Thoughts movement of ex-Lefties who rejected their old values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 10/13/2013

    " Excellent round up of the radical left by a former member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 9/30/2013

    " Opened my eyes to the many lies that society excepts as truths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/28/2013

    " The book has cemented my political bent. Horowitz is still taking a risk telling his story - from Black Panther activist to conservative author and radio TV commentator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 9/10/2013

    " It is a good biography on the 60's. I am not fan of Horowitz. He is a pretty horrible guy but this is worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn | 9/8/2013

    " This is a fabulous book! It keeps your attention from start to finish with a lot of firsthand truths that will shock you. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in knowing the truth from someone that's been on both sides of the political spectrum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.l. Blankenburg | 6/19/2013

    " Conservatives and liberals alike should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwcost | 6/18/2013

    " I great story about transformation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 5/28/2013

    " This was a bitter, realistic, and truthful memoir of the depravity of the New Left movement in America, from the founding in the Marxist 30s to the smoky ashes after the draft was repealed. I admire Horowitz greatly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Max G. Bernard | 10/18/2012

    " Right wing garbage, racist, disgusting. Zaro stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Anderson | 7/2/2012

    " If you ever wanted to know what happened on the radical left during the 60's this is your book. Horowits was there on the front lines and has remarkable insight and knowledge into what went on. I found this book very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaboa | 4/3/2012

    " David Horowitz is a must read - "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/11/2012

    " One of the most powerful and introspective Auto Biographies I have ever read. Horowitz is a great writer with a deeply introspective style which he focuses on his flaws as much if not more than his successes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 4/16/2011

    " I had this book on my bookshelf for years before finally reading it. I was excited to finally read it. Unfortunately, though, while I think it's a very important book for its history, the fine and seemingly infinite details were sheer drudgery and I barely made it to the finish line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn | 3/31/2011

    " This is a fabulous book! It keeps your attention from start to finish with a lot of firsthand truths that will shock you. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in knowing the truth from someone that's been on both sides of the political spectrum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine | 9/20/2009

    " If you ever wanted to know what happened on the radical left during the 60's this is your book. Horowits was there on the front lines and has remarkable insight and knowledge into what went on. I found this book very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 1/18/2009

    " A fascinating book -- complementary to that of Ronald Radosh. Horowitz is a very angry man but that doesn't lessen the keenness of his insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 11/14/2008

    " It is a good biography on the 60's. I am not fan of Horowitz. He is a pretty horrible guy but this is worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 10/19/2008

    " Excellent round up of the radical left by a former member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 8/1/2008

    " I glanced at this, expecting little. But it hooked me. "

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About the Author
Author David Horowitz

David Horowitz, one of America’s most original and iconoclastic political commentators, is the bestselling author of numerous books, including A Point in Time, Unholy Alliance, Radical Son, and The Professors. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers The Rockefellers: An American Saga and The Kennedys: An American Drama. He is a founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, founder of the online newsmagazine FrontPage Mag, and a contributor to Newsmax. He lives with his wife in Calabasas, California.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.