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Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism

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Publisher Comments:

Something has changed.

After the horrors of World War II, people everywhere believed that it could never happen again, but today the evidence is unmistakable that anti-Semitism is dramatically on the rise once more. The torching of European synagogues, suicide terror in Israel, the relentless comparison of the Israelis to Nazis, the paranoid post-September 11 Internet-bred conspiracy theories, the Holocaust-denial literature spreading throughout the Arab world, the calumny and violence erupting on American college campuses: Suddenly, a new anti-Semitism has become widespread, even acceptable to some.

In this chilling and important new book, Ron Rosenbaum, author of the highly praised Explaining Hitler, brings together a collection of powerful essays about the origin and nature of the new anti-Semitism. Paul Berman, Marie Brenner, David Brooks, Harold Evans, Todd Gitlin, Jeffrey Goldberg, Bernard Lewis, David Mamet, Amos Oz, Cynthia Ozick, Frank Rich, Jonathan Rosen, Edward Said, Judith Shulevitz, Lawrence Summers, Jeffrey Toobin, and Robert Wistrich are among the distinguished writers and intellectuals who grapple with painful questions: Why now? What is—or isnt—new? Is a second Holocaust possible, this time in the Middle East? How does anti-Semitism differ from anti-Zionism?

These are issues too dangerous to ignore, too pressing to deny. Those Who Forget the Past is an essential volume for understanding the new bigotry of the twenty-first century.

Review:

"The growing concern about a global revival of anti-Semitism has been reflected in a number of new books, from Abraham H. Foxman's Never Again? to Phyllis Chesler's The New Anti-Semitism and Gabriel Schoenfeld's The Return of Anti-Semitism. All discuss the shift in geopolitical attitudes and events toward Jews and Israel since September 11; each also reflects its author's own political perspective. 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. Harvard president Lawrence Summers's critique of academic anti-Israeli sentiment, for instance, is answered by postmodern philosopher Judith Butler's pointing out the chilling effect of calling criticism of Israel 'anti-Semitic.' Rosenbaum (Explaining Hitler) focuses his collection on specific debates: three essays discuss the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, and another three discuss the controversy surrounding the alleged massacre by Israelis of Palestinians at Jenin. The selections are balanced — anti-Semitism and freedom of speech on college campuses, for instance, are discussed by Jeffrey Toobin, Todd Gitlin and Laurie Zoloth. Rosenbaum is also attuned to new aspects of old issues: 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold' presents Frank Rich's thoughts on the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, while in 'Who Did Kill Christ?' Nat Hentoff describes Christian rightists' ongoing promotion of the charge of deicide against the Jews. It's rare to find a book that includes essays by both Gabriel Schoenfeld and Edward Said, Ruth R. Wisse and Bernard Lewis. This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers. Agent, the Robbins Office. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of September 11th, a new, virulent form of anti-Semitism has emerged in America, Europe and the Middle East. It is often directed against Israel's right to exist and comes from unexpected sources such as college campuses and the intellectual left. Here, for the first time, Ron Rosebaum has collected a wide range of views on the topic, assembling them into an indespensible volume on the nature of anti-Semitism in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812972030
Editor:
Rosenbaum, Ron
Afterword:
Ozick, Cynthia
Editor:
Rosenbaum, Ron
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Ron Rosenbaum
Author:
Rosenbaum, Ron
Author:
Ozick, Cynthia
Afterword by:
Ozick, Cynthia
Afterword:
Ozick, Cynthia
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.48 in 1.1125 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The growing concern about a global revival of anti-Semitism has been reflected in a number of new books, from Abraham H. Foxman's Never Again? to Phyllis Chesler's The New Anti-Semitism and Gabriel Schoenfeld's The Return of Anti-Semitism. All discuss the shift in geopolitical attitudes and events toward Jews and Israel since September 11; each also reflects its author's own political perspective. 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. Harvard president Lawrence Summers's critique of academic anti-Israeli sentiment, for instance, is answered by postmodern philosopher Judith Butler's pointing out the chilling effect of calling criticism of Israel 'anti-Semitic.' Rosenbaum (Explaining Hitler) focuses his collection on specific debates: three essays discuss the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, and another three discuss the controversy surrounding the alleged massacre by Israelis of Palestinians at Jenin. The selections are balanced — anti-Semitism and freedom of speech on college campuses, for instance, are discussed by Jeffrey Toobin, Todd Gitlin and Laurie Zoloth. Rosenbaum is also attuned to new aspects of old issues: 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold' presents Frank Rich's thoughts on the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, while in 'Who Did Kill Christ?' Nat Hentoff describes Christian rightists' ongoing promotion of the charge of deicide against the Jews. It's rare to find a book that includes essays by both Gabriel Schoenfeld and Edward Said, Ruth R. Wisse and Bernard Lewis. This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers. Agent, the Robbins Office. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the aftermath of September 11th, a new, virulent form of anti-Semitism has emerged in America, Europe and the Middle East. It is often directed against Israel's right to exist and comes from unexpected sources such as college campuses and the intellectual left. Here, for the first time, Ron Rosebaum has collected a wide range of views on the topic, assembling them into an indespensible volume on the nature of anti-Semitism in the 21st century.
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