Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1970. First edition. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Bookplate. A near-fine copy. Item #243
First edition of Richard John Neuhaus's first book, co-authored with Peter J. Berger. Neuhaus's first book grew out of his time as the liberal pastor of the Lutheran St. John the Evangelist in Brooklyn from 1961 to 1978, where he was deeply involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements. The text is composed of three sections: Between System and Horde (Peter L. Berger), The Thorough Revolutionary (Richard John Neuhaus) and A Wager (Berger and Neuhaus). With a Preface, initialed by both authors and dated, "Brooklyn, N. Y./St. Matthew 1969." The inner-city locale is emphasized by the rooftop photo of the authors on the back of the dust jacket, with the Brooklyn waterfront in the background. "His first book, written with his temperamentally conservative friend Peter Berger, appeared in 1970 under the title 'Movement and Revolution,' with Berger and Neuhaus offering contrasting views of the need for radical change in America. Yet it was Neuhaus himself who would change over the next decade." (Daniel McCarthy, New York Times Book Review). Neuhaus would found First Things magazine and become an ordained Catholic priest, emphasizing opposition to abortion and embracing free-market economics and a neo-conservative political stance.