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An Empire of Their Own
How the Jews Invented Hollywood
Written by Neal Gabler

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26557-7 (0-385-26557-3)

Winner of the Theater Library Association Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, this “wonderful history of the golden age of the movie moguls” (Chicago Tribune) is a provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of... Read more >
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Rena's Promise
A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Written by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7071-0 (0-8070-7071-8)

As a young woman, Rena Kornreich endured the Nazi death camps for almost three and a half years. Rena’s Promise, the remarkable story of her survival, shows how her relationship with her younger sister, Danka, gave her the will to persevere under unimaginable circumstances.

“Gelissen, who was on the first Jewish transport... Read more >
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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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A Story of Friendship and Terror
Written by Jeffrey Goldberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72670-5 (0-375-72670-5)

During the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg – an American Jew – served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel. One of his prisoners was Rafiq, a rising leader in the PLO. Overcoming their fears and prejudices, the two men began a dialogue that, over more... Read more >
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Rome and Jerusalem
The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Written by Martin Goodman

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72613-2 (0-375-72613-6)

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem.

Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs... Read more >
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Menachem Begin
The Battle for Israel's Soul
Written by Daniel Gordis

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4312-3 (0-8052-4312-7)

A fascinating biography of the sixth prime minister of Israel that explains how the pre-state terrorist became the first Israeli leader to sign a peace treaty with an Arab country.

Reviled as a fascist demagogue by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace... Read more >
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Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz
Written by Jan Gross

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6746-3 (0-8129-6746-1)

Poland suffered an exceedingly brutal Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Close to five million Polish citizens lost their lives as a result. More than half the casualties were Polish Jews. Thus, the second largest Jewish community in the world–only American Jewry numbered more than the three and a half... Read more >
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One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story
Written by Ruth Gruber

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4243-0 (0-8052-4243-0)

With her perfect memory (and plenty of zip), ninety-five-year-old Ruth Gruber–adventurer, international correspondent, photographer, maker of (and witness to) history, responsible for rescuing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II and after–tells her story in her own words and photographs.

Gruber’s life has been extraordinary and extraordinarily heroic. She... Read more >
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Yehuda Halevi

Written by Hillel Halkin

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4206-5 (0-8052-4206-6)

A masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval Spanish Jewry.

Like Maimonides, with whom he contrasts sharply, Yehuda Halevi spanned multiple worlds. Poet, philosopher, and physician, he is known... Read more >
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The Arab-Israeli Wars
War and Peace in the Middle East
Written by Chaim Herzog and Shlomo Gazit

Format: Trade Paperback, 558 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7963-6 (1-4000-7963-2)

Now in its third edition, this classic study has been updated for the first time in more than twenty years.

Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, was involved in every conflict involving Israel and its Arab neighbors from before the 1948 War of Independence. The Arab-Israeli Wars is Herzog’s acclaimed history of... Read more >

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House of Windows
Portraits From a Jerusalem Neighborhood
Written by Adina Hoffman

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1019-4 (0-7679-1019-2)

A poignant examination of life along the working-class border neighborhood of Musrara, between western (Jewish) and eastern (Arab) sides of Jerusalem. Through a series of first-person descriptions of characters and events, Hoffman establishes a vivid sense of place in a divided and volatile city. Concentrating on the lives of ordinary people... Read more >
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Sacred Trash
The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Written by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4258-4 (0-8052-4258-9)

One May day in 1896, at a dining room table in Cam­bridge, England, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen, who had assembled to inspect several pieces of rag-paper and parchment. It was the unlikely start to what would prove a remark­able, continent-hopping... Read more >
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The Kabbalah Reader
A Sourcebook of Visionary Judaism
Written by Edward Hoffman
Foreword by Arthur Kurzweil

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-656-7 (1-59030-656-2)

This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought, and features a variety of thinkers–from the renowned to the obscure–unavailable in any other volume. It’s a fresh and contemporary take on an ancient tradition compiled by a clinical psychologist who is also a... Read more >

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Keep Your Wives Away from Them
Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
Edited by Miryam Kabakov

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-879-0 (1-55643-879-6)

Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. This anthology takes on that challenge by giving voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced–and effectively rendered invisible–by their faith. Keep Your Wives Away from Them tells... Read more >

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Who Will Write Our History?
Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto
Written by Samuel D. Kassow

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45586-4 (0-307-45586-6)

In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto's inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneb Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundereds of thousands as... Read more >
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Being Both
Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Written by Susan Katz Miller

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1319-9 (0-8070-1319-6)

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without... Read more >
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Written by Alfred Kazin

Format: eBook, 312 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5126-9 (0-8041-5126-1)

Alfred Kazin, one of the central figures of America’s intellectual life in the 20th century, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses, within a single large, fluent narrative, a personal story openly told; an inside look at New York’s innermost intellectual circles; and brilliantly astute observations of... Read more >

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Popes Against the Jews
The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
Written by David I. Kertzer

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70605-9 (0-375-70605-4)

In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Working in long-sealed Vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct role... Read more >
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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4475-9 (0-8070-4475-X)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
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Benjamin Disraeli

Written by Adam Kirsch

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4249-2 (0-8052-4249-X)

A dandy, a best-selling novelist, and a man of political and sexual intrigue, Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most captivating figures of the nineteenth century. His flirtation with proto-Zionism, his ideas about power and empire, and his fantasies about the Middle East remain prophetically relevant today. How a man who... Read more >
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King David
The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel
Written by Jonathan Kirsch

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43505-7 (0-345-43505-2)

Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch examines the life of King David with an extraordinary freshness to clarity of detail. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life-his slaying of the giant Goliath and... Read more >
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A Life
Written by Jonathan Kirsch

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41270-6 (0-345-41270-2)

Drawing on the biblical text and a treasury of both scholarship and storytelling, Kirsch examines all that is known and all that has been imagined of Moses.

"A lively narrative...There is a figure here looming up through the mists of tradition and folk memory that is of compelling significance, complex and... Read more >
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The Discovery of God
Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism
Written by David Klinghoffer

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49974-3 (0-385-49974-4)

Fifty-three percent of the world’s population practices Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, religions that all trace their lineage to the towering, quasi-mythological figure of Abraham. In this reverent biography of the man who invented–or discovered–God, David Klinghoffer disentangles history from myth and uncovers the profound impact of Abraham’s message on his time... Read more >
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Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

Written by Marie Luise Knott

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-647-8 (1-59051-647-8)

After observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt articulated her controversial concept of the “banality of evil,” thereby posing one of the most chilling and divisive moral questions of the twentieth century: How can genocidal acts be carried out by non-psychopathic people? By revealing the full complexity of the trial... Read more >
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