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The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem Paperback – July 26, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0766178298 ISBN-10: 0766178293

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766178293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766178298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,508,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Message from the Anti-Defamation League
The International Jew, authored by Henry Ford, is blatant anti-Semitism. It portrays Jews as monolithic, malicious schemers plotting to control the planet. "If there is one quality that attracts Jews, it is power," the book states. "Wherever the seat of power may be, thither they swarm obsequious." It does not portray Jews as individuals but as a single-minded, calculating cabal. Conflict among Jews, no matter how real, is painted as a sly trick, part of the Jewish plot. The book blames nearly all the troubles it saw in American society of the time on Jews. "Whichever way you turn to trace the harmful streams of influence that flow through society, you come upon a group of Jews," it claims. Even problems with the "national pastime" are attributed to Jewish influence: "If ... fans ... wish to know the trouble with American baseball, they have it in three words ... too much Jew."

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The best lesson one can draw from this book is that being a great industrialist does not necessarily convey expertise in other subjects. The International Jew began as a four-volume set of pamphlets, published by Henry Ford in the 1920s, in which he attempted to justify his anti-Semitic views by couching his beliefs not as racism but as "fact."

What follows is an unwieldy and meandering set of essays in which Ford uses pseudo-science and third-rate sociology (as well as talk of conspiracy and "ancient prophecy") in an attempt to scientifically prove that "the Jew" is the biggest problem holding the world back.

If something nice can be said about this book, it’s that Ford is absolutely thorough in his accusations--perhaps an illustration of the kind of attention to detail that made him rise to such heights as a businessman. In his essays, he accuses the Jewish people of just about everything under the sun: fomenting Communism, gambling on baseball, making "Jewish Jazz" our national music, even conspiring with Benedict Arnold. Ford may have done as much as anyone in history to propel American industry into the future, but his anti-Semitic ramblings would have us stepping back into the Dark Ages.

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198 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo J. Paris on November 1, 2010
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My copy of this book is a translation into Spanish published in Argentina in the 1940's. When I moved to Toronto in the 80's I decided to explore the power of the jew community locally. With this goal in mind I went to the downtown public library and asked for the book. After a computer search they informed me that the book was in the Rare Book section and that I would need to make an appointment and state the reasons I had to see the book. I made the appointment and a few days later went to the library bringing with me my own copy. They made me go into a private reading room where an assistant handed me the book, after making me sign the paperwork about the reasons for my petition.
I spent a couple of hours comparing the two books, selecting paragraphs randomly.
To my astonishment, the copy available in the Toronto library had been edited!
The story had not been altered, at least I could not detect any changes, but all the names had been erased!
Ford names in his original book dozens of jews who, in his opinion, had committed very reproachable acts, especially in handling government contracts for the supply of metals for the Great War effort.
Ford also names bankers who, again in his opinion, had trespassed the limits of decency in the handling of monetary assets in the years following the creation of the Federal Reserve.
So, if you read this book, make sure it is the original version and not a censored copy.
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199 of 246 people found the following review helpful By G. Espada on July 19, 2007
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This is one of those books that is almost literally too hot to handle, except that it's not, really. Henry Ford has a peculiar place in the pantheon of American historical figures--he invented the modern assembly line and thus helped to popularize the automobile by making it affordable to the masses.

Around 1920 he published a series of articles on the subject of what he called "the international Jew", around which time he was quoted as saying that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion seemed to "match what was going on". One need not imagine the outcry--it continues to this day.

The question is--is the book worth reading? My answer has to be an emphatic yes. Wherever you stand on this issue, it is an essential work that must be considered in any study of so-called anti-semitism and its roots in America (as opposed to its much more complex and older roots in Europe.)

Having always thought of Henry Ford as the father of the automobile and not as a writer on world affairs it is interesting to say the least to read his thoughts on the so-caled "Jewish Question". Contrary to what we are led to believe by those who would prefer this book be burned rather than read, even critically, it is not in the form of a hateful screed (a trend I'm discovering is true of much allegedly "hateful anti-semitic" literature.)

Ford could hardly have provided modern historians with a better account of just what this "Jewish Question" was that so concerned him and others who have been unfairly labelled by history as simple "jew-haters". In his writing he is very much aware of the accusations (same then as now) that any interest in the study of Jewish group solidarity and power (both political and economic) must need be motivated by jealousy or historic-religious bigotry.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By william mckeever on May 1, 2013
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Everyone should know about the protocols of zion. This is not an anti-semite work but an insightful analysis highly relevant to today as America battles in the Middle East.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By noevil9 on August 9, 2012
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Mr Ford had it exactly right to the point. What is propelling, there was no real effort of any Jewish community leader , or person for that matter, who wished to invest time in answering the questions that been put out,in public by Henry Ford, and by others before his time, hopefully ,to be answered or at least debated. The sad and disappointing fact, some Jews ,just wished to tag Mr. Ford, as an Anti Semite, and offered no explanation. Which as an outside observer of events, that has been their way toward any one who questions the Jews, or their behavior. Today, they even managed to go as far as making it illegal by law, to question such matters. Which lead us to wounder, who has a problem of people trying to find the truth about events ,that have , or just might have happened in the past, but those who fear, that the truth , real truth might be exposed.
In this book, Mr Ford sites from history -the Jewish history- some events that the people from the Jewish persuasion have taken an important part.He questions the negative result of such actions on people, countries and nations, and expresses his desire of alerting others, that he does not wish for any such negative things to happen to his beloved America. If one reads to the end, and one should, he will discover, that most of the things, that Mr. Ford has warned about are happening here today, and it's not for the good of this great nation.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Baraniecki Mark Stuart on January 19, 2013
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Henry Ford published this series of articles in 1920 looking at the role of Jews in the international society of his time, which is to say, after WW1 and pre WW2.

He saw the Jews as a separate group, having maintained their identity over millenia by means of a strong racial awareness, intermarriage laws, religion and tradition. There isn't much to doubt about this, but he moves on to consider how this Jewish group has interacted with the remaining 97% of Gentile society (in 1920 Jews were about 3% of the US population and are a similar proportion today).

He concludes that there are positive and negative effects. On the positive side he shows traditional Jewish commercial activities such as banking becoming centred in the most tolerant countries (in his day and at present the US) providing plentiful Gentile employment which in the modern context would include the media and entertainment industries.

On the negative side is the manipulation of their host legislatures, foreign policy, economy and media channels for their own rather than the national benefit.

Although he doesn't express it in these terms, he is really asking whether Jews and Gentiles have a symbiotic relationship (both sides benefit) or a parasitic relationship (one side benefits) in the countries in which they coexist.
He comes down mostly on the side of a parasitic relationship which he supports by the considerable efforts that Jewish organizations go to to hide their power and shut down any references to it in the media. They label it as anti-Semitic, which it often is, but Ford makes it clear that the Jews themselves have been operating a solid racist policy since at least Roman times so it isn't a surprise that Gentiles sometimes react in the same way.
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