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Eminent neoconservative Podhoretz (World War IV) surveys the centuries of atrocities that, he says, have pushed most Jews to the Left, notably the persecutions by medieval Christendom, from blood libels to expulsion to ghettoization, and in modern times the Dreyfus affair and Nazism. Immigrant American Jews were attracted to the Democratic Party, says Podhoretz, because it was the closest counterpart to the European leftists who had favored Jewish emancipation. Phenomena like conservative opposition to fighting Hitler and Truman's recognition of Israel in 1948 kept Jews faithful to the 'Torah' of liberalism. But Podhoretz calls on Jews to shift their allegiance, maintaining that Democratic attitudes toward Israel range from unsympathetic to passionately hostile while the Republicans, with some exceptions, have been solidly to fervently supportive since the end of the 1967 Six-Day War. Podhoretz writes scathingly about what he views as the Nation magazine's naked anti-Semitism, taking particular aim at a 1986 piece by Gore Vidal, but, refreshingly, also excoriates conservatives like Pat Buchanan and right-wing publications like Chronicles magazine for their anti-Semitism. Although preaching to the converted and at times rambling, Podhoretz is an astute and joyously provocative and partisan observer of the political landscape. (Sept. 8)
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Praise for Why Are Jews Liberals?
“Why are Jews liberals? God only knows. But Norman Podhoretz offers as lively and convincing an explanation as we’re likely to get from a merely human source. I particularly liked his comparison of today’s Jewish liberals to the Church Father Tertullian—one likely to offend both liberals and Tertullianites!”
—William Kristol, editor, Weekly Standard
“Podhoretz takes on a provocative subject, rejects conventional wisdom, and delivers a book that is important, original, and thought-provoking.”
—Henry A. Kissinger
“Norman Podhoretz has written a characteristically vigorous and well-informed book about one of the most interesting and persistent questions in American politics. He gets right to the heart of the matter, and provides a convincing explanation of why American Jews tend to vote against their own interests, and those of Israel.”
—Paul Johnson, author of A History of the Jews and Modern Times
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Still does not fully explain why it is that Jews vote against their best interest and that of the country!!!!!!!!!Published 3 months ago by Mercedes H. Barris
I was brought to this book because of my own innocence on this subject. A recent report noted found that while Christians like Jews, Jews dislike Christians [especially... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DocE
Answered the reoccurring question as to why are Jews liberal? His analysis was extremely thorough. Enjoyed reading the book and have kept it for reference.Published 8 months ago by khesed
A VERY interesting book, written by a former liberal, who basically lost all of his friends when he "turned" conservative.Published 8 months ago by MMS
Why aren't Jews neocons? To someone who is both a dedicated neocon and a dedicated fan of his own people the way Podhoretz is, it obviously a hard question for him to answer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nathan C
A genuinely profound read. Thank you! My hope is for more and more Jewish voters to invest their time reading it, especially in light of America's current political situation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by H Goldstein