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Jewish Heroes & Heroines of America: 150 True Stories of American Jewish Heroism Paperback – January 25, 1996

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Editorial Reviews


"Brody's book factually destroys the myths and lies that Jews

never did anything for our country." -- Dallas Jewish Post

"Brody's book factually traces the history and heroism of American Jews

in our country's wars. " -- Stars and Stripes, Washington, D.C.

"Brody's book on Jewish Heroes & Heroines could well be for

assignments in Jewish and non-Jewish schools for strengthening the pride of our

youth." -- B'Nai Brith Life, New York

"Ex-Marines book combats the misconceptions about American Jews." -- Star-Ledger, New Jersey

About the Author

Seymour Brody is a board member of the Jewish War Veterans National Museum of American Jewish Military History and was the National Executive Committeeman of the U.S. Jewish War Veterans.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Lifetime Books, Inc.; First Edition edition (January 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811908232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811908238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Bergson on March 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Every generation of children needs heroes: people to look up to, admire, respect and emulate as one is growing up. At a time when intermarriage rates are rising and assimilation is a growing phenomenon, it is important to instill in our youth a strong sense of Jewish pride in the Jewish men and women who have overcome adversity to become legends in their own time. Seymour Brody has provided a wonderful biographical tool to teach Jewish and non-Jewish children about the important contributions American Jews have made in various ways in this wonderful update to his Jewish Heroes of America. Brody has made this edition more egalitarian by adding biographical profiles of an additional fifty women (including Jenny Maas Flexner).
Brody's brief (2 pages), but informative, biographical sketches highlight where the heroes have lived and worked, what awards they have won, what professions they have worked in and what accomplishments have brought them fame and the respect of both Jews and non-Jews in America. When known, he also mentions whether they are Ashkenazi or Sephardi and their religious affiliation. Brody's book covers the whole span of American history from the prerevolutionary years to the present. Examples of Jewish soldiers are given for every war that the U.S. has fought. Among the people that are represented are lawyers, rabbis, politicians, businessmen, entertainers, athletes and health care workers. Each entry is accompanied by an illustration by award-winner Art Seiden.
An improvement over the previous edition is the inclusion of a name index, although a subject index and bibliography / reading list are still lacking. At times, the entries read less like narratives and more like resumes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book during a Web search on astronaut Judith Resnik, who was the first Jew in space and the second woman in space. (Sadly, she perished in the Challenger explosion -- may she rest in peace.) Judith Resnik is included in this book, along with 149 other American Jews who, in many different ways, are real heroes that we can all look up to. The biographies are well-written and easy reading, suitable for classroom or home. A wonderful resource that should be in every Jewish library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
One- hundred and fifty Jewish heroes are chosen as having made significant contributions to American life. The author Brody who is of a military background himself devotes more than the usual space to Jewish military heroes and participants in all of America's wars. He does the commendable work of making known to a larger public many quiet heroes whose deeds have been far greater than their public names.

The book is excellent, but far, in my opinion, from perfect. It does not include enough of the cultural heroes , the scientists, writers, and other creators who have so enriched American life. It does not in my opinion always include the best examples from a particular area of endeavor.

Nonetheless it is a wonderful compilation which can only deepen the appreciation of the Jewish contribution to American life.
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