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JEWISH HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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THE LOST AND FOUND WORLD OF THE CAIRO GENIZA

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21223-5

NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Now in paperback, the dramatic story behind the discovery and reclamation of nine hundred years' worth of discarded Hebrew texts—parchment fragments of the Bible and Talmud, medieval poetry, legal and commercial documents, medical writings, and personal accounts of everyday middle-class liferescued from a decaying manuscript repository in a once-vibrant Cairo synagogue.

One May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place...

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Written by JONATHAN D. SARNA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21233-4

On December 17, 1862, just weeks before Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, General Grant issued what remains the most notorious anti-Jewish order by a government official in American history. His attempt to eliminate black marketeers by targeting for expulsion all Jews "as a class" from portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi unleashed a firestorm of controversy that made newspaper headlines and terrified and enraged the approximately 150,000 Jews then living...

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THE STRUGGLE FOR ISRAEL, 1917-1947
Written by BRUCE HOFFMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74161-5

Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award (Jewish Book of the Year, Everett Family Foundation Award)

In this groundbreaking work of historical research, Bruce Hoffman—America’s leading expert on terrorism—brilliantly re-creates the crucial thirty-year period that led to the birth of Israel. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Anonymous Soldiers shows how the efforts of two militant Zionist groups brought about the end of British...

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A JEWISH FAMILY ODYSSEY
Written by ROGER COHEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74141-7

In his intimate and profoundly moving Jewish family history—a memoir of displacement, prejudice, hope, despair, and love—award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate and discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing through to the present day, Cohen tracks his family’s story of repeated upheaval, four generations of wandering from pre-Shoah Lithuania to apartheid-era South Africa, and then to England, the...

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ITS HISTORY AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27215-7

The Catskills (“Cat Creek” in Dutch), America’s original frontier, northwest of New York City, with its seven hundred thousand acres of forest land preserve and its five counties—Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Schoharie; America’s first great vacationland; the subject of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School paintings that captured the almost godlike majesty of the mountains and landscapes, the skies, waterfalls, pastures, cliffs . . . refuge and home to poets and gangsters, tycoons...

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THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE
Written by TIMOTHY W. RYBACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17200-4

The remarkable story of Josef Hartinger, the German prosecutor who risked everything to bring to justice the first killers of the Holocaust and whose efforts would play a key role in the Nuremberg tribunal.

At 9 am on April 13, 1933, deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger received a telephone call summoning him to the newly established concentration camp of Dachau. Four prisoners had been shot. The SS guards claimed that the men had been trying to escape. But what Hartinger found when he arrived...

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THE WORLD'S FIRST (BUT CERTAINLY NOT LAST) JEWISH LAWYER
Written by ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24293-5

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

One of the world’s best-known attorneys gives us a no-holds-barred history of Jewish lawyers: from the biblical Abraham through modern-day advocates who have changed the world by challenging the status quo, defending the unpopular, contributing to the rule of law, and following the biblical command to pursue justice.
 
The Hebrew Bible’s two great examples of advocacy on behalf of problematic defendants—Abraham trying to convince God not to destroy the people...

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THE UNEXAMINED LIFE OF A MASS MURDERER
Written by BETTINA STANGNETH

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95016-1

Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature and Recipient of the Cundill “Recognition of Excellence” prize
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award 
New York Times Notable Book 


In 1960, Adolf Eichmann took to the defendant’s box in Jerusalem and insisted that he was no “manager of the Holocaust,” as his accusers claimed, just a smalltime bureaucrat following orders. Like countless others, Hannah Arendt—covering the trials for The New Yorker—believed him. Eichmann Before...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF GUSTAV KLIMT'S MASTERPIECE, PORTRAIT OF ADELE BLOCH-BAUER
Written by ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/31/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87312-0

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Huffington PostThe Christian Science Monitor
Winner of the Marfield National Award for Arts Writing
Winner of a California Book Award


Contributor to the Washington Post Anne-Marie O’Connor brilliantly regales us with the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a...

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THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF ISRAEL
Written by ARI SHAVIT

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52171-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST

Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

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 has a book captured the essence and the beating...

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REFLECTIONS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF JEWISH SUFFERING

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68561-7

In his iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in global culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation settlements. It was not until the Arab–Israeli War of 1967, when Israel’s evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it has today.

Recalling Holocaust fraudsters such as Jerzy Kosiński...

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HENRY MORGENTHAU JR., FDR, AND HOW WE WON THE WAR
Written by PETER MOREIRA

Format: Hardcover, 348 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14958-1

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 unlikely hero—a dyslexic college dropout who turned himself into a forceful and efficient administrator and then exceeded even Roosevelt in his determination to defeat the Nazis.

Based on...

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