“This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the politics and intellectual debates in the

United States over the last half century. The evolution of Michael Novak’s thought illuminates the changes the country has undergone as well as the fundamental moral and strategic issues we will face in the decades ahead.”
—Carl Gershman, president, National Endowment for Democracy



ngagingly, writing as if to old friends and foes, Michael Novak’s memoir shares how he changed his mind politically over the years and moved from embracing a liberal worldview to a conservative one in Writing from Left to Right. Novak, an early left-leaning liberal, switched his political views over the course of major events in U.S. history, including Vatican II, Vietnam, the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s, and the Reagan era, somewhat formed by spending fascinating days, sometimes longer, with inspiring leaders like Sergeant Shriver, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Jack Kemp, Václav Havel, President Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II, who helped shape—and reshape—his political views. “At eighty I look back over the events I have witnessed, and I revisit the lessons I learned the hard way,” recalls Novak. “Events and facts forced me to change my mind about the ideas with which my education imbued me.” Writing from Left to Right is not only a thoughtprovoking memoir; it is an insider’s look into the political movements that have influenced American history in the last part of the twentieth century and the moral compass that guided them.
“Whether or not you always agree with him, you will see in this book why Michael Novak is considered one of our most profound thinkers on the relationship between democracy, capitalism, and freedom. This memoir of his intellectual odyssey is both a compelling personal narrative and a provocative intellectual history of our times.” —Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, former chairman of CNN, former managing editor of Time, and author of Einstein and Steve Jobs
MICHAEL NOVAK is one of the world’s most influential living social philosophers. Since the 1960s he has played a prominent role in American political life, writing on everything from the free market and welfare reform to the Founding Fathers. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford, and holds a chair at the American Enterprise Institute. Learn more at MichaelNovak.net

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative By Michael Novak



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