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ISBN: 1933859997
Author: Paul Gottfried
Language: English
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
Pages: 275
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.9
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Paul Gottfried is a child of the century. He studied at Yale with Herbert Marcuse and has known Pat Buchanan, Will Herberg, Sam Frances, Richard Nixon, and many others.

Paul Gottfried is a child of the century. 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 at Dartmouth College, cultural critic, columnist

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. 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, author and Distinguished Fellow at 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.

Paul Edward Gottfried (born November 21, 1941) is an American paleoconservative philosopher, historian, and columnist. Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers (1 e. Wilmington, Del: Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a former Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Paul Edward Gottfried. Gottfried speaking at an October 2017 event in New York.

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Gottfried's new memoir, Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers, provides an ideal introduction to the works of this scholar, who is perhaps the most acute "political genealogist" of our time. Having spent an enormous amount of time trudging through Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance to write my reader's guide to the President's autobiography, America's Half-Blood Prince, I was pleased to see that Dr. Gottfried made consistently opposite choices in molding his memoir. While Dreams is long, Encounters is short.

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Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers By Paul E. Gottfried (ISI . Marcuse was a professor of Gottfried’s at Yale and the author acknowledges, with caveats, certain intellectual debts.

It was an October 1992 dinner at Richard Nixon’s home in Saddle River, New Jersey, and the room was spinning. I am what Adorno or Marcuse would have been if they had been bourgeois conservatives, applying their critical method to leftist targets.

Paul Gottfried has spent a lifetime asking politically incorrect questions, untimely questions that have made him more unpopular among some timid "movement" conservatives than among critical theorists, Central European Marxists, and assorted other debating and dining partners. But in Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers, 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 emphasizes 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.


Paul Gottfried's "Encounters" chronicles his meetings with fellow right-wing culture warriors, like Pat Buchanan or Sam Francis, as is to be expected. The book also highlights his liberal (as the term was used during the Enlightenment) attitude toward people on the opposite end of the political spectrum, like Herbert Marcuse, whom he also met and had the pleasure of sparring against intellectually. Indeed, Gottfried's ability to extract pearls of wisdom from people on the opposite end of the political spectrum is one of his great strengths, as an intellectual, and more specifically, of this book.

Peppered throughout the work are heartwarming anecdotes about Gottfried's childhood, involving his father, an industrious emigrant who fled from the Nazis. It is from his father that Dr. Gottfried inherited a lot of his bulldog tenacity, but also his abhorrence of the politics of victimization. All in all, this was a well-written book, filled with descriptions of the conservative professor's encounters with intellectual luminaries, theorists, and philosophers of both the Left and the Right. Gottfried's usual assault on the Neocons continues apace in this work, as is to be expected.

The reason I'm giving the book a four, rather than a five star rating, is that sometimes, even though Gottfried has in fact been targeted by his political opponents and has no doubt been denied plum faculty positions due to his heterodox political beliefs, there were times where I thought the author was wallowing in his martyrdom a bit more than was necessary, and the ranting segues sometimes distracted from the central narrative, which was quite compelling.

That's a minor complaint against an otherwise brilliant book, by a great thinker of the old guard, Paleoconservative right, though, whose knowledge of everything from German history to Greek antiquity is, as usual, breathtaking.
This book is an absolute delightful story of a scholar who has seen and done a lot. Dr Gottfried has been close to some pretty important scholars but suprisingly his father is probably the figure who is the one who sticks in the memory. This man was a very colorful character who witnessed important European history and gave Gottfried an advantageous start in life. I couldn't help but contrast with my father.

Gottfried's stories about Marcuse are also very interesting has this figure underwent important changes during his career, from old left to new left. Gottfried also tells stories of the frustrations of trying to make it as a conservative scholar at a time during the radicalization of academic life. If you are interested in mid-century social and academic history, this book is a very intimate view from an eye witness of its inner workings. Highly recommended.
Encounters is a facinating read in which the well traveled Paul Gottfried takes us to some of the lesser known corners of contemporary politics and academia. Most of all, I was absorbed in Gottfried's tales of his former professor at Yale, the infamous Herbert Marcuse. Gottfried recalls a different Marcuse than the one who went "off the deep end" later in life. Apparently, Prof M. was a radical but fairly open minded leftist who encouraged debate and not the PC tyrant we are familiar with.

Other chapters dealing with Paul Piccone, the evolution of the journal Telos, and surprisingly, President Richard Nixon are just as engaging. Gottfried makes an argument that puts Nixon somewhere on the right in foreign policy terms though he doesn't hide from Nixon's progressive tendencies domestically.

What is perhaps most interesting of all of Gottfried's revelations is the one unstated, lurking under the surface, and which is threaded throughout the book. That is, Gottfried's dealing with a particular aspect of his identity: His "Central European" Jewishness, which Gottfried seemingly goes to great lengths to establish and surprisingly, to distinguish from an Eastern European Jewishness. This was both surprisng to me and questionable. I have grown up all my life among a large and diverse Jewish population and have NEVER heard of a distinction between Eastern or Central European Jews that was at all signifigant.

The authors penchant for all things Austro-Germanic shows up seemingly everywhere. Gottfried, despite being born in the US, makes the point of trying to identify with anything Central European, whether food, politics or behavioral tendencies. He suggests that Henry Kissinger might be interested in talking to him because of their shared backrounds. Of course Kissinger was born and lived in Europe for 16 or so years, unlike Gottfried. I wouldn't doubt that Kissinger would be interested in talking to the Professor, but not for those reasons.

Gottfried at one point distinguishes between two types of Jewsish intellectuals, one Central European, who he largely likes and the other Eastern, who he likes much less. The reader might be left with the impression the Jewish community is divided along those lines. Again, never have a seen or heard of such a thing. Perhaps early on in the century, when groups of immigrants came to the US, they originally resided in Hungarian, German or Russian Jewish neighborhoods, but I am certain the barriers never lasted long and in my lifetime I have seen Jews from all backrounds mix with no conscious awareness of differences. Between Orthodox and Reform Jews, probably. Between Sephardic and Ashkenazic, definitely. Not along geographic lines.

Strange that when Gottfried discusses his late friend Murray Rothbard, he never mentions Murray's Eastern, Polish-Russian Jewish roots. He doesn't ascribe to him a personality based on his heritage and doesn't emntion him chowing down on rich Eastern European cuisine. Nope, Murray is just plain old Murray, who came out of nowhere.

So what gives? I think Gottfried pulls back the curtain when he speaks about the German poet Stefan George who wanted to bring the German people and the German Jews together. Gottfried states that he would have been a member of George's circle had he been around then. There seems to be an air of desperation and insecurity in Encounters about this whole Jewish identity business which Gottfried appears to be trying to workout for himself. He also seems to be trying to give himself a one up on other Jews by saying, "Look, we're the good ones. Those Eastern European Jews are the ones you can't trust."

None of this lowers the book's rating and in fact makes it all the more interesting of a read. Highly reccomended on multiple levels.
Paul Gottfried's political views are not everybody's cup of tea, But this memoir of his encounters with the great and near-great in public life and academia will give any reader food for thought.

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