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Point in Time

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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 life.
Part memoir and part philosophical reflection, "A Point in Time" focuses on
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ebook, 128 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published August 29th 2011)
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Danusha Goska
Nov 21, 2014 Danusha Goska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading David Horowitz's "A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next" is like taking an autumn stroll with a gray-haired elder encountered at a family reunion. You were expecting his usual social, political, and economic rants that sometimes alienated you, and sometimes frightened you. Sometimes you saw some shaft of insight in his words, an insight you defiantly resisted because his worldview was so different from your own. You see the world through rose-colored glasse ...more
Dale
Feb 25, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Big Change of Pace for Horowitz

David Horowitz is best known as a fearless in-your-face political brawler. He will literally go anywhere to debate anyone about any political topic - the more strident the opponent, the better he seems to like it. My local news and talk station interviews Horowitz once a week and I have heard a great deal of those interviews over the years. Horowitz is a formidable debater - a partisan of the first rank. To be honest, it never occurred to me that Horowitz had ano
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Michael Burkhalter
Such a pleasure to read

One of the few books whose ending I dreaded. Though short, it's dives quickly into history and philosophy in ways most writers will not or cannot. Thank goodness for the aged perspective of David Horowitz.
Todd Hansink
I like David Horowitz and I liked this book but I cannot recommend it because of its nihilistic conclusions. It seems to me that David’s upbringing and personal experiences with the utopian socialist dream have turned him against not only communism but any other future progressive movement, or for that matter, any hope of building a lasting, better world.

In my opinion, there are two ways to view the world: 1) History (life) is a pointless churning or cycle with no direction, or 2) History has p
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Pixel Word
The stories we tell ourselves to keep our souls in motion are numerous but their purpose is the same. Whether we imagine we are creating a family line that will continue forever, or are pursuing missions greater than ourselves whose effects will outlast us, whether we store up our illusions in personal albums or enshrine them in halls of fame, whether we record our days in intimate journals or official annals, every narrative is designed to convince us that what we do is noteworthy and that some ...more
Ted
Horowitz takes an introspective but meandering look at his life as well as historical accounts to compare people who want to forge an earthly paradise to people who either look to an after-life for redemption or think that no such thing is possible at all.

While touching at times, Horowitz's prose is inelegant at best. The highlight for me was his admiration for his beloved dogs as he describes their unwavering enthusiasm for each new day's same old routine and enviable (or lamentable) obliviousn
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Jim Barton
Apr 02, 2012 Jim Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so captivated by this book that my only disappointment was reaching the end. For me it was one of those rare books that left me feeling I was a better person for having read it. Wisdom imbues this philosophical mediation on life and redemption as Horowitz, reaching the autumn of his life, looks back and reflects on the meaning of life. With a sense of grace Horowitz blends the long walks with his dogs, the tragic death of his daughter and his awkward relationship with his parents with his ...more
Charlene Mathe
In my library, this book pairs with Horowitz' 2009 book, " Cracking of the Heart," reflecting on the life of his disabled daughter, Sarah. Similarly, "A Point in Time" reflects on his own life and thought. If you are a Horowitz fan, and I am, you will want to read these books. Prepare to slow down; these are not fact-filled political or social commentary. In these books, a man who specializes in answers has no answers. "A Point in Time" is a brief 128 pages, leaving me with an unfinished feeling ...more
Nikki
Nov 20, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Beautifully written! This is an introspective reflection by Horowitz on the philosophical underpinnings of his beliefs as he faces his own death. He is a fascinating man with an interesting story--raised by leftist communists and then later in life embraces conservatism and religion. This is one of those books which is difficult to describe, but which gives you a true sense of "being in someone else's mind". I plan on reading this again.
Edith
Jan 02, 2012 Edith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
My husband and I listened to Horowitz on the Book TV channel for nonfiction and I then picked up this book at the library (he has written many). It is a contemplative book with personal ruminations, as well as thoughts on the writings of Marcus Aurelius and Dostoevsky...thoughtful attempts to address the brevity and end of life as Horowitz is now seventy-one. He is an agnostic who is still open and searching, while also understanding the comfort of a faith in Christ and God.
Mary
Aug 22, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready to wrap your mind, or attempt to, around the inner workings of David Horowitz. What genius this man is blessed with (he may say cursed). A somewhat sad but sober realization of mortality and our place in the grand scheme of life. A wonderful examination of man's need to be remembered and the lengths we will go to in efforts to live on; and how this primal urge has colored the pages of history...not always for the better.
John Roskelley
Jan 15, 2013 John Roskelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While waiting for some of Horowitz's earlier books to become available in the library hold system, I read this short essay which takes a look at his life and the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius and Dostoevsky. It's thought-provoking, but I'm disappointed in what appears to be his willingness to accept the end of mortal life as the end of progress.
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David Joel Horowitz is currently an American conservative writer & policy advocate. He's founder & current president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center & edits FrontPage Magazine.

Horowitz was raised by parents who were members of the Communist Party USA. Between 1956 and 1975, Horowitz was an outspoken adherent of the New Left before rejecting Leftism completely. Horowitz has recoun
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