LAMENT FOR A GENERATION by Ralph de Toledano


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The author of the controversial Seeds of Treason and Nixon plots his twenty year voyage from Columbia University Stalinism to the New Conservativism of current times. It is an unpleasant trip, and one which makes about as strong a polemic against Liberalism as one can find nowadays. The first ten years---break with the Party, concern over the murders of Trotsky and Carlo Tresca---create a classic of the Thirties' intellectual bumbling out of Communism, into the purgation of War, and on to a final acceptance of God. But this pendulum swings much father right than most of the contemporaries he laments. Working for Newsweek he discovers new saints in Hoover, Nixon and Chambers. He idealizes them, though like many of his friends from National Review he steps around the McCarthy issue by characterizing that sinister ghost as ""just a country boy who hated Communism"". Written in that self-conscious, overwrought style reminiscent of Mr. Chamber's books, this little autobiography will enlist a few more souls for the Far Right camp, but will probably only alienate or disgust a far greater number of readers.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy