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This is the first biography of the Jewish-American intellectual Norman Podhoretz, long-time editor of the influential magazine Commentary. As both an editor and a writer, he spearheaded the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and - after he 'broke ranks' - the neoconservative response. For years he defined what was at stake in the struggle against communism; recently he has nerved America for a new struggle against jihadist Islam; always he has given substance to debates over the function of religion, ethics, and the arts in our society. The turning point of his life occurred, at the age of forty near a farmhouse in upstate New York, in a mystic clarification. It compelled him to 'unlearn' much that he had earlier been taught to value, and it also made him enemies. Revealing the private as well as the public man, Thomas L. Jeffers chronicles a heroically coherent life.Read more
- Written in non-technical language, lucidly explaining (without over-simplifying) the literary, political, moral, and religious issues Podhoretz has addressed
- Neither demonizes nor sanctifies Podhoretz, treating him as a human being - a son, husband, father, friend, and ex-friend - as well as a prominent Jewish-American intellectual
- Considers Podhoretz's complex position in intellectual and political culture - beloved by neoconservatives and hated by liberals
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- Date Published: May 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139244602
- contains: 24 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
4. The family and the army
5. The practicing critic
7. 'This was bigger than both of us'
8. One shoe drops
9. Dropping the other shoe
10. Liberalism lost
11. George Lichtheim, Pat Moynihan, and a lecture tour
12. Domesticities, Lillian Hellman, and the question of America's nerve
13. Moynihan, Podhoretz, and 'the party of liberty'
14. Breaking and closing ranks
15. Present dangers
16. 'The great satan of the American romantic left'
17. Regulated hatreds
18. Culture wars
19. A literary Indian summer
21. New wars for a new century
Thomas Jeffers on Norman Podhoretz
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