- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: MLA Members for Scholar's Rights (November 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990331601
- ISBN-13: 978-0990331605
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first collection to take critical look at the international movement to boycott Israel.
About the Author
Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the immediate past president of the American Association of University Professors. His thirty authored or edited books include No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom.
Gabriel Noah Brahm is Associate Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, coauthor of The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud and Marx and coeditor of Prosthetic Territories: Politics and Hypertechnologies.
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Without invidious intent, let me mention which to me seemed the most rewarding among the contributions. First there is the very convincing and well-written preface by Paul Berman. Next we have the thoughtful and thorough dissection of Judith Butler's hatred of Israel by Cary Nelson. Then there is Richard Landes's comprehensive review of the synthesis of Jihadism and secular "progressivism." Finally, the article by Alan Johnson, "Intellectual Incitement: The Anti-Zionist Ideology and the Creation of the Anti-Zionist Subject," is a brilliant piece of analysis, well worth the price of the book.
The book was put together in a very short time, and there are some minor editing quirks. The method of documentation varies from article to article and is at times confusing. An overall complete bibliographic listing of all references would have been helpful.
Despite these minor annoyances, we must be most grateful to the editors and contributors for this altogether necessary work.
This excellent book is a collection of contributions from University Professors and presents a great variety of viewpoints.
I would highly recommend it
—Marjorie Perloff , Professor Emerita of English, Stanford U;Florence Scott Professor of English and Comparative Literature Emerita, University of Southern California
2006 President, Modern Language Association
“All states commit crimes. Only one in the world is deemed illegitimate for that reason: Israel. Only one is subject to cultural and academic boycotts the world over: Israel. No one could agree with everything in these essays. I do not. But in the main they are both devastating and scrupulous and they are all indispensable. Fair-minded readers who have not yet thought through the issues, including some supporters of BDS, may wish to consult their consciences as well as their sense of history and reconsider. But this indispensable book is more than a dissection of gross canards. It is an anatomy of key intellectual and political corruptions of our time.”
—Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology and Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University, and co-author, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election.