Norman Podhoretz Summary

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1,340 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Alvarez acknowledges the sharpness of the essays collected in Doings and Undoings but stresses that he is uncomfortable with Podhoretz's evolution from a literary criti... Read more
1,803 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Hitchens criticizes Podhoretz's political posturing and ignoble descriptions of fellow intellectuals and contemporaries in his two memoirs, Making It and Breaking Ranks... Read more
3,163 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following review, Draper contends that Podhoretz's Why We Were in Vietnam is flawed in both logic and background facts, noting that the author conveniently refuses to fully disclose his ... Read more
1,639 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Marshall agrees with Podhoretz's opinions in Why We Were in Vietnam regarding the lack of popular support for United States military intervention in Vietnam. Norman Pod... Read more
4,923 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following review, Morris refutes Theodore Draper's scathing criticism of Why We Were in Vietnam—from the March 10, 1982, edition of New Republic—and presents a positive ass... Read more
1,635 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Gewen offers both positive and negative assessments of the individual essays in The Bloody Crossroads: Where Literature and Politics Meet. Gewen also admits his confusion with... Read more
809 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Rubin argues that, although Podhoretz is often wrong in his assumptions and at times too retractable in his beliefs, The Bloody Crossroads: Where Literature and Politics Meet ... Read more
927 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Hart compliments Podhoretz's acumen in identifying subversive trends in the literary world in The Bloody Crossroads, lauding Podhoretz's arguments as sound and r... Read more
3,893 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following review, O'Brien utilizes sarcasm and irony to debunk several of Podhoretz's central arguments in The Bloody Crossroads: Where Literature and Politics Meet. The title and... Read more
3,558 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Gerson traces Podhoretz's rise in political and editorial stature, chronicling how Podhoretz's articles and essays trace his gradual shift from the liberal Left t... Read more
1,981 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Klein depicts Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer as an unoriginal continuation of Podhor... Read more
709 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Nordell comments on the “self-congratulatory” statements in Podhoretz's memoir Making It and argues that the book's strongest passages are those in... Read more
2,067 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, Podhoretz discusses his relationship with his “ex-friends,” the reasons for his switch from Left-wing to Right-wing politics, and his feelings regarding the c... Read more
2,576 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following review, Lemann examines the evolution of Podhoretz's relationships with his past associates as described in Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilli... Read more
1,285 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Hart characterizes Ex-Friends as an insightful, deftly written collection that is part memoir, part cultural history, part psychology study, and part eulogy. It is difficult t... Read more
1,960 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Rollyson commends Podhoretz's provoking remembrances in Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norm... Read more
870 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Buckley—the founder of the National Review—extols Podhoretz's narrative skills and comments that the readers of Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsber... Read more
2,919 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following review, Beichman applauds “Podhoretz's sensitively and beautifully composed autobiographical” narrative in Ex-Friends and nostalgically describes the atmosphere o... Read more
3,571 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following review, Kaplan characterizes Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer as an insightful and thoughtful ... Read more
8,306 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following review, Poirier asserts that, although Podhoretz's personal anecdotes are enjoyable and finely narrated, Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling,... Read more
2,151 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Pinsker notes that, though he disagrees with Podhoretz both political and ideologically, Ex-Friends is a finely crafted and illuminating memoir about the authors's past... Read more
1,608 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review of My Love Affair with America, Heilbrunn addresses Podhoretz's patriotism and his political evolution throughout his career. When conservatives set about fashioning the... Read more
2,814 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following review, Bermel extols Podhoretz's candor about his success in Making It, applauding the author's accessible use of vernacular prose. Norman Podhoretz has not lived a lif... Read more
4,569 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following review, Sleeper recognizes that Podhoretz is attempting to illuminate a plan for America's ideological future in My Love Affair with America but argues that Podhoretz's ... Read more
1,170 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Lipsky offers a positive assessment of My Love Affair with America, agreeing with several of Podhoretz's major themes. When Norman Podhoretz stepped down as editor of C... Read more
1,423 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Bowman applauds My Love Affair with America as an “impressive emotional and intellectual autobiography,” particularly commending Podhoretz's ideas regardi... Read more
2,698 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following review, Willis disagrees with Podhoretz's overly affluent view of patriotism in My Love Affair with America. In a recent issue of Commentary, Norman Podhoretz pronounces Americ... Read more
2,031 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Potemra lauds Podhoretz's study of biblical realms in The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are, asserting that the author intelligently and delicately explains the hi... Read more
3,411 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following review, Arkes examines Podhoretz's theological theories and beliefs in The Prophets, noting that Podhoretz presents the material with humility and respect. Norman Podhoretz app... Read more
354 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, the critic argues that The Norman Podhoretz Reader: A Selection of His Writings from the 1950s through the 1990s offers a comprehensive selection of Podhoretz's politic... Read more
1,732 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following excerpt, Weales expresses his disbelief regarding the numerous personal “hardships” Podhoretz describes in Making It, noting that the memoir portrays Podhoretz as a para... Read more
2,708 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following review, Friedenberg compliments Podhoretz's “illuminating” recollections of his rise in wealth, fame, and social stature in Making It but notes that the memoir la... Read more
2,221 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Stern asserts that Podhoretz fails to describe himself accurately in Making It, arguing that the memoir instead presents a caricature of the man Podhoretz visualizes himself t... Read more
1,654 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Romano debates the wisdom of Podhoretz's intractability and black-and-white view of politics in Breaking Ranks. There appeared, recently, on the Op-Ed page of the New Y... Read more
1,427 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review of Breaking Ranks, Kramer admires Podhoretz's bravery for being instrumental in establishing a liberal, anti-Communist political movement and then breaking away from tha... Read more
879 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following excerpt, Johnson assesses Podhoretz's political views and his personal insights about prominent politicians, intellectuals, and the social elite in Breaking Ranks. New Yorkers,... Read more