David Horowitz is a giant as an author but being an author with a well established body of work has a downside. His works are not measured against the competition but against his other efforts. When one has set the bar so high it is often hard for an otherwise excellent but dated collection of essays to stand out.
His last book the Professors was somewhat disappointing as it was way too broad. Many professors who should have charter membership in the cult of the insane far left were omitted notably Joel " Deranged " Koevell and Ellen " The real Shrek was more intelligent and better looking Shrecker. It was a great book for those who do not read Front Page Magazine every day.
Some of the essays stand the test of time notably the genesis of the far lefts rage against Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens and myself thought the cruise missle attacks on Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan were to deflect attention from Clintons lapses and boost his opinion in the polls. We meet Sandy Burglar who had a major role in China gate. The far left gets bent out of shape about Johnathan Pollard who I do not defend but down plays scandal after scandal of Chinese spying. Much of the furor against Pollard is driven by antisemitism. Clinton also lied when he claimed Israel asked him to pardon Marc Rich, it was Pollard.
We also meet Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panthers. The Duck should closely read the chapter on Pinochet . The left has made a cottage industry out of the 5000 deaths in Chile while ignoring attrocities by Castro and the Sandanistas. Pinochet is not excused or looked to by the Conservatives as a role model. The left still has a love affair with Castro and the insane thug in Venezuela.
The book deals with familiar themes lazy accademics. Incompetent Commie hacks hired
by a leftist Old Bolsheviks club such as Angela Davis, Dorn and Ayers.
Horowitz's book is interesting but dated and it is above average in his vollume of work. I hope his next book cuts new ground but when one is a giant there is high expectations.
Anyone who did not buy this book because of the title owes David Horrowitz an apology. I am guilty of this but a person who has read around eight books and over 100 articles should have zero problem knowing what is in an authors heart. Horowitz has remained comited to the ideals of the Civil Rights movement equality of opportunity. This noble cause has devolved into afrocentrism and bigotry. Many of the key players like Huey Newton, Carmichael and Jesse Jackson were hucksters. More impressive is the writing of Julius Lester who has grown and matured. Horowitz never betrayed his ideals but the nature of the movement has changed.
Sadly we have companies in Brooklyn and Queens that do not employ a single black person . Jesse Jackson wastes time on the NFL and Nascar when ordinary young people need help. The specter of all Hispanic companies in NYC has become common. Who is knocking on doors urging employers to interview HS dropouts ? It certainly is not Jackson who is more involved in the media circus.
Beamish in 08, Ducky to be deported to Venezuela and 167 still a ratings zero