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My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers

Paul E. Gottfried


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by Paul E. Gottfried

(Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2009)
Hardcover: 275 pages
ISBN: 9781933859996
Price: AUD$55.95


Book description

Paul Gottfried has spent a lifetime asking politically incorrect questions, untimely questions that have made him more unpopular among some timid mainstream conservatives than among critical theorists, Central European Marxists, and assorted other debating and dining partners.

But in Encounters, Gottfried puts past political battles aside in order to recount his varied associations and friendships with a host of fascinating figures, including his father, Herbert Marcuse, Paul Piccone, Christopher Lasch, Richard Nixon and Patrick J. Buchanan.

Gottfried’s memoir emphasises the Forrest Gump-like quality of his often accidental relationships with these celebrities and stimulating personalities, the benefits of which were not social or professional but personal. He insists that his life would be of little general interest were it not for the fortuitous encounters that have raised it out of the ordinary. The result is a unique, enthralling narrative that makes a signal contribution to American intellectual history.


About the author

Paul Edward Gottfried (born 1941) is an American paleoconservative political philosopher, intellectual historian, columnist and former Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, as well as a Guggenheim recipient. He is currently president of the H.L. Mencken Club.



“Paul Gottfried is a child of the century. He studied at Yale with Herbert Marcuse and has known Pat Buchanan, Eugene Genovese, Will Herberg, Sam Frances, Richard Nixon, and many others. His autobiography Encounters narrates his intellectual journey, and will be indispensable as a source when the history of the conservative movement is written.”

Jeffrey Hart, Professor Emeritus of English, Dartmouth College

“It was a real treat to coast the curve of time with Professor Gottfried as his many milestones of intellectual history reveal their greatness with charm and their foibles with candour. The author’s searing self-awareness is an inspiration to all who eschew vulgarity for nobility.”

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president, American Alliance of Jews and Christians

“ISI Books is a leading publisher of thoughtful, well-argued books about economics, philosophy and world affairs. Paul Gottfried’s Encounters is a worthy addition to its list, with its insights into the minds of remarkable men.”

Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times: A History of the Modern World

“Paul Gottfried, an American intellectual of superior talent, has been treated abominably by Academia, not only for his conservatism but for his incorruptibility. Yet, Gottfried’s memoir proceeds without bitterness, self-justification, or a settling of scores. This sprightly account of his career in Academia and conservative politics illuminates the intellectual and political currents of our time and abound with fresh insights and mature evaluations of persons and places.”

Eugene Genovese, historian and author of Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

Encounters is the account of a modest man, a very profound thinker. His accounts of men and his meetings with them and his understandings of them are very valuable, thoughtful, and not at all self-indulgent. They tell us very much about his subjects and also, unconsciously, about the qualities of himself.”

John Lukacs, author and historian

“Political philosopher Paul Gottfried, well-known for his studies of modern ideologies such as Marxism and neoconservatism, reveals the personal and intellectual influences that have made him one of our most provocative scholars. In this candid and beautifully written memoir, we learn more about friends such as Herbert Marcuse, Richard Nixon and Patrick Buchanan than in a shelf of biographies. Encounters is indispensable reading for every student of modern American conservatism.”

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, The Heritage Foundation

“What jumps off the pages of Encounters is the amazing intellectual courage of an author who clearly and unequivocally states and defends what he believes. Agree with Gottfried or not, you will appreciate his refreshing honesty. A penetrating read.”

L. Brent Bozell III, president, Media Research Center

“Gottfried … keeps chugging along like The Little Engine That Could, even though it seems his brand of conservatism can’t crest the hill just now. The current era of liberalism, however, may be just what is needed for the paleo-conservative engine to gather the needed steam for the future.”

Jo-Ann Greene, Lancaster Sunday News (Pennsylvania)

“For a book written by a representative of the losing side in the conservative wars, Encounters is wonderfully free of rancour.”

John Derbyshire, National Review

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