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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book from a great man, August 24, 2012
This review is from: Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me (Hardcover)
Here is another of the books Harvey put in the can before he checked out. Standing in the used bookstores and public libraries where he did his literature review the great ethnographer of diasporic Cleveland tells the story of Israel. His account is fine if you don't already know it but the added value is the author. Mom was a Communist who broke with Stalin only after he backed Nasser. Dad was religious. Harvey looked into making aliyah after our navy kicked him out because he couldn't learn how to roll socks. The rabbi cousin who repeatedly advocated for young Harvey as he struggled then turned on him for reciting the facts of the nation, the stuff that every Israeli Defense Forces planner knows. I got the last of fifteen copies at the bookstore near Duke where the clerk told me an instructor has ordered more to teach this fall. I suspect that any Dukie who reads this book with the independence of mind Harvey teaches will fail the course but I don't know that. My hope is that as we all speak to each other more candidly the fairy tales of nationalism and the false hopes of anti-colonialism will perish. Harvey's widow Joyce ends the book with a heartbreaking postscript about burying her Jew.
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