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Bradley Smith has been described by the Los Angeles Times as an “anarchist libertarian” and by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the most dangerous “extremists” in America. In A Personal History of Moral Decay, he emerges as a simple writer struggling to find “right relationship” in a world where the political and the personal converge, without tidy resolution, through the coruscating prism of human experience. Threaded over decades and spanning continents, Smith’s episodic memoir unspools in bright layers of crisp, laconic prose to illuminate the adventures, the moral failures, the fleeting epiphanies, and the interpersonal bonds that haunt and animate a life. Let this be your introduction to one of the most distinctive, if overlooked, voices in American literature.
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Bradley Reed Smith was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1930. He is a combat veteran of the Korean War (7th Cavalry) where he was twice wounded. He has served as a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County. He has worked as a railway brakeman, as a merchant seaman, and in various construction trades. He was once a bullfighter in Mexico, and he was a freelance writer in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. As a bookstore proprietor in Hollywood in the early 1960s, Smith was prosecuted – and convicted – for selling Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. He is the founding director of the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH). A Personal History of Moral Decay is his fourth book.
Reading Bradley Smith is about treasuring good writing, regardless of whether you deem the author’s opinions worthy of your moral rubber stamp; see also Céline. But if you must have a moral, Smith earned every phrase the hard way.
--Ann Sterzinger, Taki's Magazine
Like Camus’ Mersault, confronting a howling mob, or Beckett’s Malone, dying alone, Bradley Smith is at last content with his life. This collection of his writing give the reader the opportunity to learn how a man at the center of so much controversy and outright hatred can find the air so much sweeter just exactly right there.
--James O'Meara, Counter-Currents
Smith writes with an understated simplicity, the argot of a man with little education but a lot of brains. His prose is raw and functional, conveying the anarchy of war, the raunchiness of his comrades, the sincerity of his lovers with honesty and conviction.
--Matt Forney, author of Confessions of an Online Hustler
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Book Description Nine-Banded Books, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0989697282