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Eminent Biography: Joshua Rubenstein on Leon Trotsky

For our latest “Eminent Biography” installment, Joshua Rubenstein reflects on his writing of the tumultuous political career of Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life, the latest in Yale University Press’s Jewish Lives series. Often remembered as persecutor turned persecuted, Leon Trotsky was a central figure in the global political drama between

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David Gelernter’s Judaism

It’s not every day that you get a reflection on life, religion, and spirituality from a professor of computer science. Frankly, you might expect him to launch into a tirade on his favorite programming language. But David Gelernter is certainly no ordinary tech guru. When Gelernter sat down for his

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Thursday at the YIVO Institute: James Loeffler on Russian Jewish Music

No image of prerevolutionary Russian Jewish life is more iconic than the fiddler on the roof. But in the half century before 1917, Jewish musicians were actually descending from their shtetl roofs and streaming in dazzling numbers to Russia’s new classical conservatories. At a time of both rising anti-Semitism and

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Arthur Green’s “Radical Judaism” in Tikkun magazine

The cover story on the new (March/April) issue of Tikkun magazine is “God and the 21st Century” and its centerpiece is Rabbi Arthur Green’s thought-provoking and original new book Radical Judaism, published by YUP this month. Tikkun decided to use excerpts from the book to start a new discussion about

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“Resurrection is often misunderstood”, says New York Times

Just in time for Easter, the New York Times reviewed a selection of books about the Resurrection. These books correct some common myths among Jews and Christians. The New York Times reports, “The very idea of resurrection is widely and badly misunderstood.” To correct these errors, the New York Times

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Cook’s Alfred Kazin a complex, fascinating subject

Richard M. Cook’s Alfred Kazin: A Biography, about one of the most important literary critics of the 20th century, has in turn become the subject of articles by literary critics from The New York Sun, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New York Times Book Review. In his

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Michael Makovsky named Sami Rohr Prize Finalist

Michael Makovsky, author of Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft, has been named one of five finalists for this year’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The Jewish Book Council, who administers the award, considers Churchill’s Promised Land to be “a book of exceptional literary merit that stimulates an interest

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Political leaders are political readers, too

In the past month, important political figures have been seen with books published by Yale University Press: Charm Offensive: How China’s Soft Power Is Transforming the World by Joshua Kurlantzick and Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft by Michael Makovsky. On September 6, 2007, President Bush met with Kevin Rudd,

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Malcolm’s new book is “…a page turner…” says NY Times Book Review

The New York Times Sunday Book Review of Two Lives, opens with the statement: “One would not naturally pair Janet Malcolm, a clear, analytic writer, with Gertrude Stein and her modernist shenanigans.” Reviewer Katie Rophie goes on, “Malcolm’s writing in Two Lives is brilliant, penetrating and playful.  There is in

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Janet Malcolm’s Two Lives news and reviews

Her first book in over five years, Janet Malcolm’s Two Lives is reaching readers — and listeners — with more reviews to come.   Here is just a sampling of the current attention around this new release: Entertainment Weekly gives Two Lives an “A” calling the book, “a fascinating portrait…and

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