After a few perfunctory kind words about me, Matthew Rothschild proceeds to review The Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left with breathtaking disregard for what I actually wrote ("An Unheroic Left," October issue).
In the book, I argue that a coherent left in the United States has not existed since about 1920, when the loosely decentralized Socialist Party provided the basis for shared universal principles that gave a common bond to a wide range of reform programs--movements for such things as Social Security, unemployment insurance, the eight-hour workday, civil rights, protected free speech, and even "free love" and birth control.
Commies: Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left, by Ronald Radosh, San Francisco: Encounter Books, 216 pages, $24.
Those interested in the myriad political journeys American intellectuals have taken should be interested in Commies, Radosh's memoir of his path across and out of the radical left.
Changing the Powers That Be: How the Left
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5: A precise tee shot is a must on this 389-yard hole that is defended by a straight-ahead bunker and trees, OB left
tee through green and a fairway sloping to rightside, greenside water.
Big hitters will want to drive left
to get the kick right, but mid- to high-handicappers just might want to keep the green within three-shot range.