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From Cambridge University PressMarquette University English professor Thomas L. Jeffers' new Norman Podhoretz:  A Biography is the first biography of the Jewish-American intellectual and longtime editor of the influential Commentary magazine.  As both an editor and a writer, Podhoretz spearheaded the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and -- after he "broke ranks" -- the neoconservative response.

For years, as Jeffers describes in the book, Podhoretz defined what was at stake in the struggle against communism.  Recently, Podhoretz has nerved America for a new struggle against jihadist Islam.  Throughout his life, he has always given substance to debates over the function of religion, ethics, and the arts in our society.

The turning point of Podhoretz's life occurred, according to Jeffers, when Podhoretz was 40, near a farmhouse in upstate New York, in a mystic clarification.  It compelled Podhoretz to "unlearn" much that he had earlier been taught to value, and it also made him enemies.

Revealing the private as well as the public man, Jeffers' Norman Podhoretz chronicles a heroically coherent life.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supported some of Jeffers' work on the biography and supports Commentary.
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