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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge
Written by Edward Kritzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1952-4 (0-7679-1952-1)

In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them... Read more >
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Yiddish Civilisation
The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3377-5 (1-4000-3377-2)

Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe. We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far-flung cities and found a self-governing Yiddish world. By its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Chosen Few
The Resurrection of European Jewry
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44814-9 (0-345-44814-6)

Telling the stories of European Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Kurlansky's powerful narrative explores the lives of Jewish people who remained or returned to their homes in Europe after World War II. Now with a new introduction by the author, A Chosen Few explores the many reasons why Jews... Read more >
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The Life of Ariel Sharon
Written by David Landau


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7698-7 (1-4000-7698-6)

From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Life of Ariel Sharon
Written by David Landau


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 10, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4241-8 (1-4000-4241-0)

From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A History of Zionism
From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
Written by Walter Laqueur


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 20, 2003
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1149-8 (0-8052-1149-7)

With a new preface by the author

The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.

Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embracing Israel/Palestine
A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East
Written by Michael Lerner


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-307-6 (1-58394-307-2)

A major modern conundrum is how the Arab/Israel conflict remains unresolved and, seemingly, irresolvable. In this inspirational book, Rabbi Michael Lerner suggests that a change in consciousness is crucial. With clarity and honesty, he examines how the mutual demonization and discounting of each sides’ legitimate needs drive the debate, and he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jews in Britain

Written by Michael Leventhal


Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1230-2 (0-7478-1230-6)

The Jewish community is the oldest ethnic minority in the country. This book tells the epic story of Jews in Britain over a thousand years. Many came as wealthy traders - others as desperate refugees. Sometimes they were feared and had to lead secret lives. At other times they stood shoulder... Read more >
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A Child of Christian Blood
Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
Written by Edmund Levin


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4299-7 (0-8052-4299-6)

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.
 
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rise of Abraham Cahan

Written by Seth Lipsky


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4210-2 (0-8052-4210-4)

Part of the Jewish Encounters series

The first general-interest biography of the legendary editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, the newspaper of Yiddish-speaking immigrants that inspired, educated, and entertained millions of readers; helped redefine journalism during its golden age; and transformed American culture.

Already a noted journalist writing for both English-language... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eichmann Trial

Written by Deborah E. Lipstadt


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4260-7 (0-8052-4260-0)

The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Tel Aviv by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Right to Exist
A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars
Written by Yaacov Lozowick


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3243-3 (1-4000-3243-1)

For more than a half-century, Israel has been forced to defend its existence against international political disapproval, racist calumny, and violence visited upon its citizens by terrorists of many stripes. While nations have always been made to defend their moral, political, economic, or social actions, Israel has the unique plight of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-570-9 (1-59051-570-6)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-496-2 (1-59051-496-3)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Wicked Son
Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1157-3 (0-8052-1157-8)

David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder (the child who asks, "What does this story mean to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Bintel Brief
Sixty Years of
Written by Isaac Metzker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 21, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0980-8 (0-8052-0980-8)

For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward's legendary advice column "A Bintel Brief" ("a bundle of letters") dispensed shrewd, practical, and fair-minded advice to its readers. The column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support regarding everything from family squabbles to heart wrenching spiritual dilemmas to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jerusalem
The Biography
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28050-3 (0-307-28050-0)

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Jew Who Defeated Hitler
Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War
Written by Peter Moreira


Format: Hardcover, 348 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-958-1 (1-61614-958-2)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the slogan “The Arsenal of Democracy” to describe American might during the grim years of World War II.  The man who financed that arsenal was his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr. This is the first book to focus on the wartime achievements of this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Righteous Victims
A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1998
Written by Benny Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74475-7 (0-679-74475-4)

Tracing the roots of political Zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the Holocaust, the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maimonides

Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1150-4 (0-8052-1150-0)

Sherwin B. Nuland—best-selling author of How We Die—focuses his surgeon’s eye and writer’s pen on this greatest of rabbis, most intriguing of Jewish philosophers, and most honored of Jewish doctors.

Moses Maimonides was a Renaissance man before there was a Renaissance: a great physician, a dazzling Torah scholar, a daring philosopher. Eight... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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Journey to the Vanished City
The Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel
Written by Tudor Parfitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72454-1 (0-375-72454-0)

In a mixture of travel, adventure, and scholarship, historian Tudor Parfitt sets out in search of answers to a fascinating ethnological puzzle: is the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa really one of the lost tribes of Israel, descended from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba?

Beginning in the Lemba villages in... Read more >

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Ben-Gurion
A Political Life
Written by Shimon Peres and David Landau


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4282-9 (0-8052-4282-1)

Israel’s current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s first prime minister and its founding father.

Shimon Peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. Although the state that he would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the “Old... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mars and Her Children
Poems
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73877-0 (0-679-73877-0)

A major new collection of poems about women's lives and the closing circle of nature, from a bestselling poet. These poems celebrate the beauties of nature and the eternal cycle of love, death and birth that is being interrupted by the assault on the environment. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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