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Science, Jews, and Secular Culture Hardcover – March 18, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (March 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691011435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691011431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A collection of incisive essays that present a complex portrait of intellectual and sociological change, linking the two in convincing fashion."--Deborah Dash Moore, Journal of Jewish Studies

"David Hollinger's new collection of essays is best compared to a string of pearls. Each of the eight pieces is a self-contained gem of clear prose, meticulous scholarship, and ingenious conjecture. Yet all are strung along a single thread, aptly indicated by the book's title, Science, Jews, and Secular Culture.... This is a smart, timely, and thoroughly enjoyable book."--Suzanne Klingenstein, The Journal of American History

"This is a first-rate treatment of a pivotal change in American history."--Jonathan Dorfman, Washington Post Book World

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"David Hollinger is arguably the leading American intellectual historian working today and perhaps the best historical essayist of his generation. This is a timely collection of his work."--Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin

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By J. Zorn on August 15, 2013
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I came to this book after reading Hollinger's Postethnic America: Beyond Multculturalism, which I thought a masterpiece. This one is less so, mostly because the essays don't fully cohere. One by one, they vary in sharpness, the best being truly great, but the author's prefatory notes don't really do the job of making many disparate writings into a flowing whole. Still, the central idea linking science, Jewish intellectuals, and secularism is powerfully revealing. A better America eventuated, Pat Robertson and his reactionary ilk to the contrary. As to the idea expressed by another reviewer, that anti-Semites can use this book as "evidence," rest assured they'd still hate us if Hollinger had said the exact opposite.
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11 of 38 people found the following review helpful By N. Ravitch on May 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The role of Jewish scholars in secularizing American culture may seem a compliment to Jews. But antisemites can use this book to good effect. The basic reason for anti-semitism in the modern world is fear that non-Christians given political rights would corrupt the basic Christian foundations of national life. Hollinger, without wanting to do anything but praise the Jewish contribution to America, also demonstrates that these fears of Jewish influence are not totally without foundation. It is unfortunate that Jewish scholars never try to understand the legitimate fears of those suspicious of Jewish influence. Certainly Hollinger offers nothing of that here.
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