Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

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In heavy seas, to stay on course it is indispensable to lean hard left at times, then hard right. The important thing is to have the courage to follow your intellect. Wherever the evidence leads. To the left or to the right. Michael Novak Engagingly, writing as if to old friends and foes, Michael Novak shows how Providence (not deliberate choice) placed him in the middle of many crucial events of his time: a month in wartime Vietnam, the student riots of the 1960s, the Reagan revolution, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Bill Clinton's welfare reform, and the struggles for human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spent fascinating days, sometimes longer, with inspiring leaders like Sargent Shriver, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Jack Kemp, Václav Havel, President Reagan, Lady Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II, who helped shape and reshape his political views. Yet through it all, as Novak s sharply etched memoir shows, his focus on helping the poor and defending universal human rights remained constant; he gradually came to see building small businesses and envy-free democracies as the only realistic way to build free societies. Without economic growth from the bottom up, democracies are not stable. Without protections for liberties of conscience and economic creativity, democracies will fail. Free societies need three liberties in one: economic liberty, political liberty, and liberty of spirit. Novak s writing throughout is warm, fast paced, and often very beautiful. His narrative power is memorable.

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This wonderful memoir from Michael Novak may seem like a political and economic testament, and it is; but it s also much more than that. It s the detailed, engaging eyewitness account of an extraordinary life in extraordinary times; the diary of a decisive half century in the life of our nation and the Church, written from the inside with marvelous eloquence and skill. --- Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

Writing from Left to Right is the extraordinary personal story of one of the most extraordinary public intellectuals of our time. Anyone who hasn t already fallen in love with Michael Novak s mind and work will do so on reading this winsome, wonderful, and utterly captivating book. --- Mary Eberstadt, author of How the West Really Lost God

Memoirs are often exercises in rationalization of past choices. But in this set of reflections, characterized by humility and an at-times ruthless self-reckoning, Michael Novak takes us inside some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. His memoir shows how one man s love of truth led him to do that most difficult of things change his mind. --- Samuel Gregg, author of Becoming Europe and research director, Acton Institute

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MICHAEL NOVAK received the 1994 Templeton Prize, an award that has also gone to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mother Teresa, and Charles Taylor. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford and has held academic chairs at Syracuse University and Notre Dame, and now holds the Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

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