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From Publishers Weekly

Monumental in scope and depth, this vibrantly detailed chronicle sweeps from New Amsterdam of 1654, where Brazilian Jewish refugees established a beachhead in the future New York, to the 1980s campaign to resettle Soviet Jews in the United States. In the most comprehensive and revealing account to date of the saga of American Jewry, George Washington University historian Sachar explores how Jews faced the challenge of preserving their historic group identity within a widening matrix of Americanization. He charts the contributions of Jews from the Revolutionary War to the California Gold Rush of 1849 to labor activism and Tin Pan Alley. He also profiles scores of influential Jews ranging from Samuel Gompers to Alfred Heinz (Henry) Kissinger. Sachar ( A History of Israel ) includes particularly incisive sections on American Jews' heated divisions over Zionism, the efforts to rescue Europe's Jews from Nazism, black-Jewish relations and the Jews' impact on American culture. This absorbing narrative unfolds a splendid epic of immigration, acceptance, acculturation and reaffirmed identity in the face of institutionalized discrimination. BOMC alternate.
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Author of The Course of Modern Jewish History (Vintage, 1990), A History of Israel ( LJ 5/1/87), and Diaspora ( LJ 3/15/85. o.p.), Sachar specializes in writing grand one-volume historical syntheses, encyclopedic in scope and arresting in detail. Here he provides a sweeping narrative history of American Jews from their beginnings to contemporary times, the most comprehensive single volume as yet written on the subject. Reflecting intimate familiarity with voluminous secondary sources and punctuated by telling primary citations, this book is a veritable treasure trove of information. Despite a wooden first hundred pages and an imperious disdain for Orthodox Judaism, it provides a lively, engaging, and thoughtful depiction of East European/German-Jewish tensions, evolving American Jewish secular culture, and American Jewish politics. A signal achievement, furnishing a valuable apercu for scholars and an abundance of historical insights for lay readers. BOMC alternate.
-Benny Kraut, Univ. of Cincinnati
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (November 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679745300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679745303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew D. Oram on October 17, 2009
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I found this book an excellent foundation for understanding the many
faces of American Judaism. I had the opportunity to read the whole
book cover to cover while recovering from an accident, and found that
it fleshed out facets of the Jewish experience I had heard about
elsewhere. Some of my perceptions of history were challenged, all were
deepened. And I still use it as a reference.
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Howard Sachar hasn't missed a beat in his excellent book. He has captured the struggle of a persecuted people to adapt and find a home in one of the few places in world where they would find freedom and fulfillment. He tells all, the good and the bad. People who have made America the great place it is as will as those who were involved in the darker side of life.
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I turned to this book to learn about Jews in colonial America and was annoyed by the obvious errors in it. For instance, on page 20 he cites the Uniform Naturalization Act of 1790 as an act that allowed Jewish colonists in America to be naturalized. You don't have to know much history to catch that a British act passed in 1790, well after American independence, won't have any effect on Jewish "colonists." Yet Sachar, confused, states that "one hundred fifty of them acquired naturalization between 1740 and 1776." Time travel, I suppose. It gets better when you do some poking and find that there was no British act by this name, but there certainly was an American naturalization act that year. It was connected with the Alien and Sedition Acts and had no effect on the situation of American Jews. Yet Sachar says the "The Uniform Naturalization Act -- the first Jewish emancipatory measure to be issued by a modern European government -- in effect acknowledged the existing fact of Jewish security and stability in colonial America."
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I love this book. I bought countless copies of this book in the past. I bought it again in order to give it to my friend. Though it was an used book, it came in a decent shape and had no problem for being given as a gift. I am glad that I didn't have to spend much more money to buy a new one.
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Trying to learn about early Jew to America. My mothers family cane early to America and I have found that her family name maybe Jewish.
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