NORMAN PODHORETZ was editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine for 35 years. He has written twelve books whose subjects range from autobiography to analysis of American foreign policy.
My Love Affair with America is more than the poignant recovery of lost time. Podhoretz uses his own experience to launch a strong defense of America and American values at a time when he fears that his fellow conservatives are in danger of following the path of the New Left into contempt for their native land. The gratitude Podhoretz feels for the United States is a challenge to the political Right as well as the Left.
Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Hannah Arendt, Norman Mailer, and Lillian Hellman—among the other things these writers and intellectuals all had in common is Norman Podhoretz. With them Podhoretz was part of “The Family,” as the core group of New York intellectuals of the 50s and 60s came to be known.