Books: Radical Retreat

BREAKING RANKS by Norman Podhoretz Harper & Row; 375 pages; $15

Norman Podhoretz calls it, with pardonable license, the "terror." No guillotine was set up in Greenwich Village, literary heads did not roll, but there were plenty of verbal executions in the late 1960s and early '70s when radical thought held sway in New York City and many other parts of the country as well. As the editor of Commentary and a leader of centrist opinion, Podhoretz was a prime target of the Manhattan Jacobins. In a book recapturing the impassioned polemics of the...

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