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Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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“Lucid and authoritative” ―Publisher's Weekly
“Foxman made a genuine contribution and a worthy attempt to speak truth to nonsense...” ―The Jerusalem Post
“Indefatigable Anti-Defamation League director Foxman applies common sense against entrenched hatred, challenging patent bigotry with plain truths about Jews and money... A gentlemanly exhortation to communicate and get involved in the fight against an ancient evil. ” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Abe Foxman has written with significant insight on a stereotype that should be eradicated. His perspective clears a path towards enlightenment and is fascinating. A must-read.” ―Donald J. Trump
“Foxman's book serves as an important wake-up call– alerting readers to continuing prejudice and stereotyping of Jews, both positively and negatively, which swirls around the mainstream of American culture. "Jews and Money" takes readers through an easy to digest and informative journey, documenting the origins and growth of bias and bigotry against Jews from birth of Christianity through current times, focusing on the subtle as well as blatant forms of prejudice today, and the role of the media and the internet.” ―Andrew Tisch, Co-Chairman, Loews Corporation
“This book captures the historic complexity that remarkably remains an issue of keen sensitivity even today. The words "Jews and money" have an ugly resonance that most of us can't forget. Even for a subject that has been deeply explored, this book offers many new and worthwhile insights.” ―Michael Steinhardt, Chairman of the Board of Israel Energy Initiatives Ltd, IDT Corporation
“Timely, sensible, and highly readable, this volume explodes popular myths concerning Jews and money, and reminds us that stereotypes matter and anti-Semitism remains a problem. Full of common sense ideas for how to make our world ‘a more tolerant, open-minded, and freedom-loving place.'” ―Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and author of American Judaism: A History
“Abe Foxman looks at some long-standing stereotypes about Jewish people that have no place in the business world, or any world for that matter. He provides important information that will educate others, combat bigotry, and promote religious and economic freedom.” ―Rupert Murdoch, Chairman & CEO, News Corporation
Top Customer Reviews
Further in the book Foxman mines the depths of the internet in order to find examples of money-related anti-Semitism in today's world: that is to say, he relies on anonymous comments in forums and news websites ad nauseam. Foxman's discussion of the internet, like most of his other discussions, is terribly cliched: he says things like, "most people use the internet for benign purposes, but some don't", repeatedly in the chapter "When Everyone has a Megaphone". Foxman's more definitive indictments are not entirely convincing, either.Read more ›
So leave it to Mr. Foxman to find an angle into the story of the worldwide financial downturn, which he does in his new book, Jews and Money.
There are some real insights here. Much of the book is an argument that, when it comes to money, Jews aren't really all that much different from anyone else, and a complaint that the perception that the Jews are different is a powerful and potentially pernicious stereotype.
Mr. Foxman notes, for instance, that a profile of Bernard Madoff published in the New York Times two days after his arrest "managed to use the word 'Jewish' three times in its first nine paragraphs," while a similar Times profile of another person accused of Madoff-style financial fraud, Robert Allen Stanford, mentioned Stanford's religion (Southern Baptist, apparently) not once.
Mr. Foxman marshals statistics and anecdotes to debunk some of the stereotypes about Jews and money. Plenty of Jews are poor -- hundreds of thousands of them in America alone. And plenty of rich people aren't Jewish, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Plenty of powerful people in Hollywood aren't Jewish, either.
Yet the stereotypes about Jews and money seem to have a powerful hold, Mr. Foxman records.Read more ›
existence in other than the USA. Russian pale
Jews were confined to ghettos, not able to
mix with the rest of the population. Most of them were dirt poor, baring existing. Yes, there were others, who managed successful enterprises..trade, etc., who we don't hear about. There are millionsof Jews in the USA and Israel at the poverty line (US definition) who depend on charity, food stamps, SNAP, SSI, etc.
But the media, and entertainment give the wrong impression that we are all in the top 1 percent, Wall Street banker types. For every
CPA and attorney, there are 100 who have ordinary trades, or work in factories. But Foxman knows that the haters will never mention these people. To that extent Foxman and his
organization are a counter to the radicals, both left and right.
Deploring stereotypes, Foxman rightly cites Jewish devotion to charitable principles in refutation and some observations that Jews are pretty much like everyone else in terms of wealth. He then introduces the reader to what he calls the three pillars of anti-Semitism. No compensating analysis is presented on why Jews are over represented in the fields of economics, finance and physical science. More interesting is the author's personal observations in Poland and a chapter on Internet blogging arranged by nationalities.
The worst thing about the book is the blatant use of the anti-Semitism theme for politicizing. According to Foxman, Hispanics are undergoing the same struggles as earlier Jews. He attributes anti-Semitism to followers of the Tea Party. Claiming anti-Semitism as a political issue destroys credibility of the writer and his ADL sponsor.
Foxman says that he declines to debate the anti-Semitic issue on the grounds that anti-Semitism has no logical basis. The reluctance is understandable as Foxman would be grossly over-matched by the likes of Edward Said, Hanan Ashrawy, Noam Chomsky or even Pat Robertson. His reluctance to debate brings up the obvious question: why write this book? Lucky Foxman, being able to pick his own opponents, Pat Robinson and Rush Limbaugh. Foxman is disingenuous in setting up Limbaugh as the most influential conservative spokesman. The writer then treats us to some vague religious allusions by his imaginary dragon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't get into this book at all. It would only be interesting to a very select group of readers.Published on August 9, 2013 by Patricia C. Stendal
Just finished reading it. If you have read much about antisemitism, you won't find anything new. But it is a worthwhile read.Published on February 4, 2013 by Joseph R. Zaientz
This book's subject shouldn't even have to be written in 2011, as the stereotype of Jews as greedy and obsessed with money should have died years ago. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by J. Davis
that need to be talked to death until you don't know which way is up and which way is down. I don't hold any opinion suggesting that Jews get money in a different way than other... Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Myrna Minkoff