Jewcentricity

Jewcentricity

Why the Jews Are Praised, Blamed, and Used to Explain Just About Everything

Book - 2009
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Advance Praise for Jewcentricity

"Adam Garfinkle punctures the myth of the omnipotence of the Jews with such intelligence and reflective sweep that we still can go on discussing the 'exaggerations' forever."—Leslie H. Gelb, former columnist for the New York Times and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations

"Jews, as the saying goes, are news. Why is that? In this elegant, witty, learned, insightful, always interesting, and occasionally alarming book, Adam Garfinkle explains the world's fascination with the practitioners of its oldest mono-theistic religion."—Michael Mandelbaum, author of Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Oldest Form of Government

"One would have thought that everything that could be written or said about the relationship between Jews and their environment has been written and said. It was a pleasure, though hardly a surprise, that Adam Garfinkle, thinker, scholar, editor, and iconoclast at large, has been able to offer us fresh insights into this complex issue and apply his original mind to the subject matter."—Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former president of Tel-Aviv University

"There is a lot to argue about and ponder in this riveting manuscript. It is bound to cause a stir."—Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite

"One way of looking at this brilliant book is to see it as an extended commentary on an old joke that defines a philo-Semite as an anti-Semite who likes Jews. Garfinkle shows, with many examples, what both characters have in common—a wildly exaggerated notion of the importance of Jews in the world. Garfinkle's argument is scholarly, lucid, witty, and very persuasive. It deserves a wide readership."—Peter L. Berger, director, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University

Baker & Taylor
A wide-ranging analysis of pro-Jewish and anti-Semitic beliefs in today's world draws on insights from a range of disciplines to explain how a misunderstanding of strategies that have promoted Jewish Diaspora have led to broad distortions about Jewish influence, intelligence, and success.

Book News
The entire Jewish population has been equated to a statistical error in the Chinese census. Yet Jews have often been viewed as playing a disproportionate role in world history and culture. Drawing from history, religion, philosophy, and social science, Garfinkle (editor, The American Interest) offers insights into anti-Semitic, philo-Semitic, Jewish chauvinist, and self-hating versions of 'Jewcentricity.' From the chosen people concept to the U.S. Israel lobby, he maintains that strategies that have helped the Jewish people survive are often wielded against them by conspiracy theorists and others. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Advance Praise for Jewcentricity

""Adam Garfinkle punctures the myth of the omnipotence of the Jews with such intelligence and reflective sweep that we still can go on discussing the 'exaggerations' forever.""—Leslie H. Gelb, former columnist for the New York Times and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations

""Jews, as the saying goes, are news. Why is that? In this elegant, witty, learned, insightful, always interesting, and occasionally alarming book, Adam Garfinkle explains the world's fascination with the practitioners of its oldest mono-theistic religion.""—Michael Mandelbaum, author of Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Oldest Form of Government

""One would have thought that everything that could be written or said about the relationship between Jews and their environment has been written and said. It was a pleasure, though hardly a surprise, that Adam Garfinkle, thinker, scholar, editor, and iconoclast at large, has been able to offer us fresh insights into this complex issue and apply his original mind to the subject matter.""—Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former president of Tel-Aviv University

""There is a lot to argue about and ponder in this riveting manuscript. It is bound to cause a stir.""—Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite

""One way of looking at this brilliant book is to see it as an extended commentary on an old joke that defines a philo-Semite as an anti-Semite who likes Jews. Garfinkle shows, with many examples, what both characters have in common—a wildly exaggerated notion of the importance of Jews in the world. Garfinkle's argument is scholarly, lucid, witty, and very persuasive. It deserves a wide readership.""—Peter L. Berger, director, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University



Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2009
ISBN: 9780470198568
0470198567
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 G18j 2009
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. ; 25 cm

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saildave216
Nov 03, 2016

This is one of the ugliest books that I have read. The attitudes expressed by the author regarding Jewish people are arrogant, condescending, dogmatic, and all but anti-Semitic. Even the author's self-created words, "jewcentric," and "adjewlation," sound like the rabid rumblings of anti-Semites. The premise of the book is also disingenuous: while the author professes to be puzzled by why Jewish people are so often in the limelight, he simply refuses to take responsible note of the fact that, allegedly, the Jewish people chose to publish the most famous, powerful book, or super-book, in the western world: the Bible. Had the Jewish people not decided to publish their relgious views in written form, it is doubtful that they would be, or have been, in anybody's limelight, or focus -- including that of Adolph Hitler.

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