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Communism
A History
Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6864-4 (0-8129-6864-6)

With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.

At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human... Read more >
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Why Are Jews Liberals?

Written by Norman Podhoretz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45625-0 (0-307-45625-0)

During his career as a neoconservative thinker, Norman Podhoretz has been asked no question more often than “Why are so many Jews liberals?” In this provocative book he sets out to solve this puzzle. He first offers a fascinating account of anti-Semitism in the West to show the historical roots of... Read more >
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Stars of David
Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
Written by Abigail Pogrebin


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1613-4 (0-7679-1613-1)

Sixty-two of the most accomplished Jews in America speak intimately--most for the first time--about how they feel about being Jewish. In unusually candid interviews conducted by former 60 MINUTES producer Abigail Pogrebin, celebrities ranging from Sarah Jessica Parker to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Larry King to Mike Nichols... Read more >
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Deborah, Golda, and Me

Written by Letty Pogrebin


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 1992
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42512-4 (0-385-42512-0)

A leading feminist activist, author, and nationally known lecturer writes of her struggle to integrate a feminist head with a Jewish heart.
“Required reading for those who define themselves as Jewish or feminist—or care about either.” —San Francisco Chronicle Read more >

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A Jew Among Romans
The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus
Written by Frederic Raphael


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45635-9 (0-307-45635-8)

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here is an audacious history of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew alone in the Gentile world.

Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is... Read more >
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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
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Shattered Hopes
The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process
Written by Josh Ruebner


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-120-6 (1-78168-120-1)

President Barack Obama’s first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nothing Sacred
The Truth About Judaism
Written by Douglas Rushkoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 23, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5139-7 (1-4000-5139-8)

"Judaism's many insights into the nature of our relationship to media, icons, ideas, and to one another led me to explore the historical roots of its stories and people. That's when it all began to make sense...[that the] core values of this religion may, in fact, prove quite applicable to the... Read more >
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Dreamland
Europeans and Jews in the Aftermath of the Great War
Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70829-9 (0-375-70829-4)

By the end of World War I, in November 1918, Europe’s old authoritarian empires had fallen, and new and seemingly democratic governments were rising from the debris. As successor states found their place on the map, many hoped that a more liberal Europe would emerge. But this post-war idealism all too... Read more >
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Farewell Espana
The World of the Sephardim Remembered
Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1995
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-679-73846-6 (0-679-73846-0)

Sachar chronicles the story of the Iberian Jews, the doyens of Jewish history, from their "Golden Age" in medieval Spain through their harassment, expulsion, and dispersion to new lives in Western Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, the Levant, the Americas, and eventually modern Israel.

In 1492, on the eve of Columbus's voyage, the... Read more >
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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3097-2 (1-4000-3097-8)

The distinguished historian of the Jewish people, Howard M. Sachar, gives us a comprehensive and enthralling chronicle of the achievements and traumas of the Jews over the last four hundred years.

Tracking their fate from Western Europe’s age of mercantilism in the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet and post-imperialist Islamic upheavals... Read more >
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A History of Israel
From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time
Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 1296 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71132-9 (0-375-71132-5)

Sachar gives us the full story of Israel from its early-19th-century ideological beginnings through its ensuing growth as a sovereign republic, giving full weight to diplomatic, political, economic, cultural and military factors—always against the matrix of parallel and interacting events in other countries.

Sachar's updating begins with negotiations toward the interim... Read more >
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A History of the Jews in America

Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 1072 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74530-3 (0-679-74530-0)

Spanning 350 years of Jewish experience in this country, Sachar tells the stories of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of aristocrats and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. At the same time, he elucidates the grand themes of the Jewish encounter with America, from the bigotry of a Christian... Read more >
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Future Tense
Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1229-7 (0-8052-1229-9)

We are in danger, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s place is within the global project of humankind. The Jewish people exist for a reason, and it is not for themselves alone. They must recommit themselves to their foundational purpose: to the task of creating a just world in which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Future Tense
Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4269-0 (0-8052-4269-4)

One of the most admired religious thinkers of our time issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image of “a people alone in the world, surrounded by enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s original sense of purpose: as a partner with God and with those of other faiths in... Read more >
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The Invention of the Land of Israel
From Holy Land to Homeland
Written by Shlomo Sand
Translated by Geremy Forman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-083-4 (1-78168-083-3)

What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the... Read more >
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The Man Who Fell Into a Puddle
Israeli Lives
Written by Igal Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72477-0 (0-375-72477-X)

From one of Israel's leading investigative journalists, piercingly honest portraits of Israeli men and women who, in the face of brutal and desperate forces, try—often without success—to hold onto their past, their identity, their sanity, and their hope.

The son of a Holocaust survivor descends into paranoia, “swept away like a demon—ravaged... Read more >
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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Written by Jonathan D. Sarna


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4279-9 (0-8052-4279-1)

A riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community, and on the American political process.

On... Read more >
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The Process
1,100 Days that Changed the Middle East
Written by Uri Savir


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74561-7 (0-679-74561-0)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Meet your Enemy Number One," a nervous Norwegian diplomat said to Uri Savir, the young director-general of Israel's Foreign Ministry, as he introduced him to Abu Ala, one of Yasser Arafat's top aides. They were in Oslo, and this was the first official... Read more >
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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
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Sons of Abraham
A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims
Written by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3307-4 (0-8070-3307-3)

A prominent rabbi and imam, each raised in orthodoxy, overcome the temptations of bigotry and work to bridge the chasm between Muslims and Jews
 
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the eighteenth generation of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims, believing them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew... Read more >
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My Promised Land
The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Written by Ari Shavit


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52170-3 (0-385-52170-7)

A New York Times Notable Book
Natan Book Award Winner
National Jewish Book Award Winner
A Sophie Brody ALA Honor Book

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today

Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem... Read more >

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Fires in the Mirror

Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47014-8 (0-385-47014-2)

In monologues based on interviews with 26 subjects ranging from The Reverend Al Sharpton and Professor Leonard Jeffries, to Rabbi Joseph Speilman and Norman Rosenbaum (Yankel Rosenbaum's brother) to several men-and-women-on-the-street, Smith exposes and explores the black-Jewish tensions that erupted into outrage in the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991... Read more >

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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4231-7 (0-8052-4231-7)

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out to be Hebrew, a friend... Read more >
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