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A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next (Hardcover)
By David Horowitz
A Matter of Life and Death
New York Times bestselling author David Horowitz is famous for his conversion from 1960s radicalism. In "A Point in Time,"
his lyrical yet startling new book, he offers meditations on an even
deeper conversion, one which touches on the very essence of every human
Part memoir and part philosophical reflection, "A Point in Time"
focuses on man’s inevitable search for meaning – and how for those
without religious belief that search often leads to a faith in
historical progress, one that is bound to disappoint. Horowitz agrees
with Marcus Aurelius, whose stoic philosophy provides a focal point for
the book: “He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything
that has taken place from all eternity and everything that will be for
time without end …”
Horowitz remembers his father, a political
radical who put his faith in just such a redemptive future. He examines
this hope through the other great figure who organizes these
reflections, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose writings
foreshadowed the great tragedies of the social revolutions to come.
Horowitz draws on eternal themes: the need we have to make sense out of
the lives we have been given, our desire to repair the injustices we
encounter and the consequences of our mortality.
episodes of his own life with the writings of the philosopher and the
novelist, Horowitz explores how we provide meaning to an apparently
senseless existence and the dire consequences that follow from seeking
to redeem it by attempting to make a perfect world out of the imperfect
one in which we find ourselves.
Reviews of "A Point In Time"“David
Horowitz is so powerful a polemicist that it is often forgotten how
beautifully he writes. For the same reason, the deeply considered
philosophical perspective and the wide-ranging erudition underlying his
political passions are just as often overlooked. But it is precisely
these qualities that come to the fore and shine through so brilliantly
in the linked meditations that make up 'A Point in Time.' With
Marcus Aurelius, Ecclesiastes, and Dostoevsky as its guides, this little
book boldly ventures into an exploration of first things and last that
is as moving as it is profound.”
- NORMAN PODHORETZ, author of "Why Are Jews Liberals?"
beautiful book, both sad and uplifting. Moving in turns from the
intimate to the universal, Horowitz not only explores but also embodies
the dignity of the tragic worldview. 'A Point in Time' is a poignant and elegiac reflection on life from a man who bears the burden of unknowing with courage and grace.”
- ANDREW KLAVAN, author of "True Crime" and "Empire of Lies"
Marcus Aurelius, David Horowitz has produced a meditation on facing
death that is poignant and wise. Whether invoking the Stoics or
reflecting on his own father, he helps us think through that most basic
of all questions: what is it that can give meaning to our existence?”
- WALTER ISAACSON, author of "Einstein"
have admired David Horowitz for decades. He has taught me many
important lessons. But never have I been so moved by his writing as I am
by this brief and profound book.”
- DENNIS PRAGER, author of "Why the Jews?"
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- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159698290X
- ISBN-13: 978-1596982901
8.4 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces