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Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties [Paperback]

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Pages   414
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 22, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594030820  
EAN  9781594030826  


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As leading New Leftists in the Sixties, Peter Collier and David Horowitz were intimately involved in the radicalism of the day. Later on, they became the first of their generation to publicly reject the objectives of that revolutionary era and point out the cultural chaos it had left behind. Part memoir, part political analysis, part social history, Destructive Generation is the compelling story of their intellectual journey into and out of the radical trenches. Telling stories of the New Left's most famous (and infamous) personalities and events, Collier and Horowitz reveal the destructive legacy of the New Left and the way in which that decade continues to cast a long shadow over politics and culture today. When it was first published more than a decade ago, Destructive Generation was a controversial best seller some critics compared to Whittaker Chambers' political testament Witness. This new edition contains new material which makes this classic work more relevant than ever in our own divided time.

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As leading New Leftists in the Sixties, Peter Collier and David Horowitz were intimately involved in the radicalism of the day. Later on, they became the first of their generation to publicly reject the objectives of that revolutionary era and point out the cultural chaos it had left behind. Part memoir, part political analysis, part social history, DESTRUCTIVE GENERATION is the compelling story of their intellectual journey into and out of the radical trenches. Telling stories of the New Left's most famous (and infamous) personalities and events, Collier and Horowitz reveal the destructive legacy of the Sixties and the way in which that decade continues to cast a long shadow over politics and culture today. When it was first published more than a decade ago, DESTRUCTIVE GENERATION was a controversial bestseller that some critics compared to Whittaker Chambers' powerful political testament, WITNESS. This new edition contains new material which makes this classic work more relevant than ever in our own divided time.


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More About Peter Collier & David Horowitz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Collier is the author, along with David Horowitz, of "The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty, The Kennedys: An American Dream, The Fords: An American Epic," and "Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties." He also wrote "Downriver: A Novel" and "The Fondas: A Hollywood Dynasty." He lives in Nevada City, California.

Peter Collier was born in 1942.

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1960's radicalism account  Sep 27, 2008
Written by a former radical, this criticism of 1960's radicalism describes what happens when radicals promote violent social change. The author, who converted from left wing radicalism to hard core conservatism, has his bias but the first-hand account is certainly worth reading.
 
Right Wing Bias  Sep 13, 2007
The first chapter on Fay Stender and her attorney work for the Black Panthers and George Jackson, I found written very well. It showed the lack of separation from professional and social involvement and relayed a powerful moral story. However it did have the overtones that all the Black Panthers were thugs and that all the liberal attorneys were fools. So for this it was the usual Horowitz bias.

The next essay on the Weathermen was great. I've read Ayers book, Jacobs, various communiqués and Stern's personal account. As much as I believe it was accurate it was filled with dirt and gossip. I suppose you need much of this to understand the situation involved, but it was the FOX news filter you were reading it from, the bias against anything of the left. But OK, it was written well and I enjoyed it.

The next essay is Horowitz's "Empire and Revolution" all over again, but inverted to the Right wing zealot of Apostle Paul radicalism. But please, let me go to the next chapter. This chapter actually defends McCarthyism! It claims because McCarthyism became a dirty word used by leftist liberals against red baiters and neo cons, that it was preventing inquiry of subversive left wing agents against our government! What it was really preventing was civil liberties and freedom of the citizens to stop government bullying! The freedom to question the government. Here Horowitz and Collier say it also prevented us from scrutinizing our left wing politicians which deceitfully hides what it really prevents: right wing spying and illegal wire tapping of ordinary citizens who dare to disagree. And Horowitz claims that the protests of the left were manipulative and coercive but fails to mention is that the witch hunting represented the right wing ruling minority while the protesting left and civil rights fighters represented the democratic majority. And that's just it; Horowitz promotes fascism in order to stop the democratic majority which he accuses of aiding totalitarianism. What a schmuck.

Horowitz also attacks Noam Chomsky. Over and over repeatedly, he claims "the devil US made me do it," as Chomsky's illness and his "theology," which is bogus. Accusing him of hiding the murderous facts of the socialist governments and uprisings he blames on the "devil" United States. Every time he speaks of the "left" he equates it to totalitarianism. Yes the extreme left is dictatorships, but thats the radical extreme, while the moderate left represent the democratic majority for equalitarian rights and civil liberties. Instead, Horowitz open supports and advocates Ann Coulter (liberals are a mental disease) and the entire G.W. Bush administration with it's illegal wire tapping, spying, the Iraq War, and like John Snow, Bill O'Reilly, or any radical Neo Con (not a real conservative) defends any and all actions of the right wing religious extremists in the White house. And the ironic thing about it is, this right wingers are the fascist totalitarian wannabes. Horowitz has always been an unbalanced, over zealous radical extremist. I had a hard time reading through his ranting and raving rhetoric. I do not recommend this book. All I can say is, I am so grateful to be a moderate and conservative leftist, a liberal for participatory democracy and not anywhere near the extremes of both the left and the right.
 
From one extreme to the other  Jan 9, 2007
Beware the extremist who leaps to the other extreme. In the Sixties they now so eloquently trash, Peter Collier and David Horowitz were student radicals and publishers of Ramparts. Far left. Far out. They have since had second thoughts, though reading this book, you wonder how much they are thinking and how much they remain rebels, this time against themselves. Rather than offer any cogent analysis of the decade, Collier and Horowitz serve up mea culpas and wholesale attacks on its extremes. Did leftists say and do silly things in the Sixties? Or course. Was it a time of excess? Sure. Does that mean that every last Sixties hope, aspiration, dream, or sincere act on behalf of social justice was idiotic, or misguided. It's easy to think so if you just leap from far left to far right, as these extremists have done. Reading "Destructive Generation" you get a good look at why American political discussion is so screwed-up these days -- because there is no middle, no compromise, no mention of the excesses and errors of one's own side. There's just one bash after another.
 
Must Read  Apr 1, 2006
This is a superbly written history of American's 60's ordeal. It is a discussion from the inside of the movement and helps explain why we can't get over that decade. I'd rank it with Chamber's Witness as a must read for those who want to know the truth about what happened.
 

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