Biography


Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady
The Origins of Chabad Hasidism

Immanuel Etkes; Jeffrey M. Green, trans.

The only biography in English of the founder of the Chabad movement in Hasidism

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Prophet

Germany’s Prophet

Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

Ulrich Sieg
Translated by Linda Marianiello

A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde.

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 Laqueur

Best of Times, Worst of Times

Memoirs of a Political Education

Walter Laqueur

A memoir by a highly respected historian and political commentator

Walter Laqueur has been writing and teaching for over six decades, primarily in the fields of twentieth- century history and politics. In this engaging memoir, Laqueur focuses on the political and historical events that have shaped his thinking and inspired his intellectual work.

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 Amichai

Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet

Nili Scharf Gold

"By uncovering the European roots of this central, widely read and much translated Israeli author, Gold opens the way for other similar studies of the European background of Israeli writing. Her book will be indispensable for all future studies of Amichai's poetry."
— Arnold Band, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles

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memoirs: hans jonas

Memoirs: Hans Jonas

Christian Wiese, ed.; Krishna Winston, translator

Because Jonas’s life spanned the entire twentieth century, this memoir provides nuanced pictures of German Jewry during the Weimar Republic, of German Zionism, of the Jewish emigrants in Palestine during the 1930s and 1940s, and of German Jewish émigré intellectuals in New York. In addition, Jonas outlines the development of his work, beginning with his studies under Husserl and Heidegger and extending through his later metaphysical speculations about “God after Auschwitz.

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hans jonas

The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish Dimensions

Christian Wiese

An analysis of the Jewish background of an eminent philosopher.

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leo strauss and the politics of exile

Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: The Making of a Political Philosopher

Eugene Sheppard

"With a graceful weave of biography, historical context and philosophical analysis, Eugene Sheppard presents an intellectual portrait of Leo Strauss that boldly challenges the clichés that becloud his legacy."
— Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago

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the pure element of time

The Pure Element of Time

Haim Be’er

"The writing is subtle, skillful, humorous and vivacious. Haim Be’er created in this novel a superb blend of horror, ridicule, compassion, self-irony, as well as a remarkable picture of Jerusalem in the early years of Israel’s statehoos.”
— Amos Oz

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painting a people

Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art

Ezra Mendelsohn

“Deeply researched and thoroughly original, this remarkable study encourages new ways of thinking about Jewish artists and their place in the emergence of modern culture.”
— Richard I. Cohen, author of "Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe"

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aharon appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld: From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity

Yigal Schwartz

Schwartz organizes his book around three of Appelfeld’s major themes: the recovery of childhood and memory, the creation of place and the religious stance of the Holocaust writer. He develops a new perspective not only on Appelfeld’s work, but on Holocaust literature itself.

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prisoner of hope

Prisoner of Hope: Moshe Prywes as Told to Haim Chertok

Moshe Prywes and Haim Chertok

“The life recorded here is unique, and yet reflects the most dramatic generation in the history of the Jewish people. The writing is delicate, humoristic and tragic, and always compelling.”
— Amos Oz

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with my own eyes

With My Own Eyes: The Autobiography of an Historian

Jacob Katz

“In this delightful memoir Jacob Katz appears as a wise, sensitive writer, very skillfully describing, analyzing and reflecting upon the most significant happenings of his long, interesting, and creative life.”
— Isadore Twersky

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breaking the silence

Breaking the Silence: The German Who Exposed the Final Solution

Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman

“A superb piece of detective work and an exciting real-life spy drama.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

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chaim weizmann: the making of a statesman

Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Statesman

Jehuda Reinharz

"An academic tour de force…. It must surely become the definitive biography of a man who was arguably the foremost representative of the Jewish people in the twentieth century."
— American Historical Review

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the architect of genocide

The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution

Richard Breitman

Drawing upon previously untapped primary sources…the author conclusively counters efforts to portray the Holocaust as unpremeditated, the result of bureaucratic improvisation under wartime constraints.

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the philosophy of franz rosenzweig

The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig

Paul Mendes-Flohr

Eleven essays on the life and thought of Jewish philosopher and theologian Franz Rosenzweig.

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Richard Wagner

The Darker Side of Genius: Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism

Jacob Katz

Richard Wagner’s antisemitism considered in the context of his time, place, and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.

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Chaim Weismann

Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Zionist Leader

Jehuda Reinharz

"An academic tour de force….It must surely become the definitive biography of a man who was arguably the foremost representative of the Jewish people in the twentieth century."
— American Historical Review

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hitler in history

Hitler in History

Eberhard Jackel

"In contrast to most scholarly works on Hitler, this brilliant book is lucid, forthright, and blessedly brief."
— American Historical Review

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