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Antisemitism by Deborah E. Lipstadt
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Jan 29, 2019 | ISBN 9780805243376
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“Lipstadt’s book [is] crucial for understanding the dismaying resurgence of antisemitism—on both the right and the left.” —Randy Rosenthal, The Washington Post

“Lipstadt aims not to break new scholarly ground but to awaken her audience to the nature, persistence and scale of the threat, along with the insidious ways in which it seeks to disguise itself.  She succeeds . . . She has written a book that combines erudition, clarity, accessibility and passion at a moment when they could not be needed more.” —Bret Stephens, The New York Times Book Review
 
“A valuable book . . . Lipstadt shows good judgment, always erring on the side of moderation, her attacks more deadly because they are not indiscriminate . . . It makes for a very readable account and, like the author, it’s gutsy.” —Daniel Finkelstein, The Times (London)

“This is not an academic history of antisemitism. It’s something more valuable—an act of zooming in the moral lens on what is happening in the world today . . . Read Lipstadt’s new book. And then give it to your children and grandchildren. It is that good—and it is that relevant.” —Jeffrey Salkin, Religion News Service
 
“Lipstadt’s insight and perspective contextualize current events . . . crafting an informative read for those interested in social justice and political and Jewish history.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Deborah Lipstadt is that rare person, able to play a leading part in events and to fathom their meaning. Having triumphed in a court case brought by an antisemite, she now explains antisemitism to us and thus performs a double service. This a valuable book, containing many lessons.” —Anthony Julius, author of Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England

“A leading scholar of Judaism explores just about every manifestation of contemporary antisemitism, with plenty of history included for context . . . A tour de force approachably presented.” Kirkus Reviews

“Keeping her tone measured and carefully noninflammatory, Lipstadt presents an intelligent, evenhanded explanation of why Jews come under attack today. Informed, historically sound, and deeply rational, her book offers both convincing reasons for the recent rise of antisemitism and apt advice to ‘call out and combat’ it.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lipstadt’s method of Socratic dialogue allows her to write a number of enlightening essays on a wide range of historical aspects and current manifestations of antisemitism. This book is a must-read at a time of a mounting wave of aggressive nationalism and xenophobia in the world today.” —Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

“To say anything worthwhile about antisemitism you need calm, lucidity, intelligence, and a faultless moral compass, all powered by a proper feeling for racial justice. Deborah Lipstadt has the entire skillset. That’s why her new book is so welcome, so necessary, and so clear.” —David Hare

“Antisemitism comes in different shades, all of them ugly—not least when it comes from those who regard themselves as champions of liberation. To fight this abomination in all its shades, Deborah Lipstadt has given us a sage, sober, and lucid manual for the perplexed and willfully blind. An outstandingly useful book.” —Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage

Table Of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix
 
I. Antisemitism: A Conversation
The Perplexed 3
A Delusion 7
A Definition 11
A Spelling 22
 
II. A Taxonomy of the Antisemite
The Extremist: From the Streets to the Internet 29
Beyond the Extremist 42
Antisemitic Enablers 44
The Dinner Party Antisemite 68
The Clueless Antisemite 76
 
III. Contextualizing Antisemitism
A Cognitive Failure? 83
Delegitimizing Antisemitism: Jews Can’t Be Victims 90
Antisemitism and Racism: The Same Yet Different 96
A Time to Panic? 101
 
IV. “Yes, But”: Rationalizing Evil
The Ominous Case of Salman Rushdie 113
Pixilating the Problem 119
Parisian Tragedies 125
 
V. Holocaust Denial: From Hard-core to Soft-core
A Matter of Antisemitism, Not History 139
Inverting Victims and Perpetrators 146
Branding Victims as Collaborators 152
De-Judaizing the Holocaust 156
 
VI. The Campus and Beyond
Toxifying Israel 167
BDS: Antisemitism or Politics? 177
Campus Groupthink: Not-So-Safe Zones 184
Progressivism and Zionism: Antisemitism by Subterfuge? 192
Responding to the Progressive “Critique” 205
Myopia: Seeing Antisemitism Only on the Other Side 211
 
VII. Oy versus Joy: Rejecting Victimhood
Missing the Forest for the Trees: A Dental School and a Fraternity 225
Speaking Truth to Friends: Beyond Victimhood 234
Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad 239
 
Acknowledgments 243
Notes 245
Index 275

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