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Bugsy Siegel

by Michael Shnayerson

Michael Shnayerson

Michael Shnayerson is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author or co-author of six books, most recently The Contender, an unauthorized biography of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Betty Friedan

by Rachel Shteir

Rachel Shteir

Rachel Shteir is author of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show, Gypsy: The Art of the Tease, and The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting. She is a widely published critic and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines. She teaches at DePaul University.

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Harvey Milk

by Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman’s most recent book, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (2015), was a recipient of the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named a Notable Book of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the American Library Association.

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December 1, 2017
1 P.,

Karl Marx

by Shlomo Avineri

Shlomo Avineri

Shlomo Avineri is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former Director-General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. His books include The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx.

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November 1, 2016
1 P.,

Julius Rosenwald

by Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish history at New York University. She published Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration to the New World and The Peddlers who Forged the Way in 2015 (Yale University Press).

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March 5, 2017
304 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300212297

Yitzhak Rabin

by Itamar Rabinovich

“Yitzhak Rabin was a soldier and a statesman who fought for the security of Israel and for a concept of peace for all nations. Itamar Rabinovich has written a thoughtful and extraordinarily comprehensive account of a significant leader.” -Henry A. Kissinger

"Mr. Rabinovich, the distinguished Israeli scholar and diplomat....easily establishes that the prime minister was a man of great complexity.... Even the warm esteem in which he holds Rabin does not prevent Mr. Rabinovich—a scholar with an abiding commitment to historical accuracy—from presenting a portrait of his friend in full." -Elliott Abrams, The Wall Street Journal

“Itamar Rabinovich has written an insightful book on Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s charismatic warrior-statesman who valiantly dedicated himself to the cause of peace in the Middle East. As the head of Rabin’s team during Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations and as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Rabinovich was at Rabin’s side during key moments in his country’s history. I recommend his book to all those interested in peace between Arabs and Israelis.” -James A. Baker, III

“This highly informative and tightly-packed biography is undergirded by a deep personal knowledge of Rabin’s strengths and flaws as a leader and a sure command of Israel’s military and diplomatic history.” -Derek Penslar, Harvard University and the University of Toronto

"Puts the complexities of [Rabin's] career and achievement in fresh perspective." —Kirkus Reviews

"Well-written…provides useful insights into the inner workings of Israeli politics." -Booklist

Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich is president of The Israel Institute (Washington, D.C., and Tel Aviv); Global Distinguished Professor, New York University; and Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria from 1992–1996. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"Remembering Yitzhak Rabin: Itamar Rabinovich with Dalia Rabin"
March 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
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 Biography: Ben Gurion-The Father of Modern Israel Preview
November 25, 2014
288 P., 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
9780300180459

Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel

by Anita Shapira

“Anita Shapira portrays David Ben-Gurion as a man who, at some of the most crucial junctions in the whole of Jewish history, led his people, almost alone, by his prophetic foresight, his iron resolution and his fierce sense of reality. Yet, Shapira, does not idealize her protagonist: he is portrayed in her brilliant book as a man who was often insensitive to others, ferociously stubborn and incredibly lonely. I read this fascinating book with both intellectual and emotional thrill.”—Amos Oz, author of A Tale of Love and Darkness

“The most intimate yet unflinching portrait to date of a man revered and reviled. . . . Shapira may be the last truly qualified person to unpack some of the mysteries of Israel’s George Washington.”—Ilene Prusher, New York Times Book Review

“Keenly observed . . . Ms. Shapira tries to shed light on the inner life of the man whom fellow Zionist leader Berl Katznelson called ‘history’s gift to the Jewish people.’”—Liel Leibovitz, Wall Street Journal

“A beautiful portrayal of a man of exceptional character, whose transcendent love of his people informed his vision.”—Shimon Peres, former president of Israel

“Shapira unearths new archival sources and provides fresh perspectives. A tour de force and a must read.”—Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University

"In her valuable new biography, Shapira provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.... A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."--Kirkus Reviews

“Fair and balanced . . . Ben-Gurion created the State of Israel and set it on its path. Shapira adeptly records how he did it and chronicles the rest of his storm-tossed life, so that future generations may appreciate both his achievement and his faults.”—Rabbi Jack Reimer, JNS

“Shapira, who is part of this series’ editorial team, covers Ben-Gurion’s life story sufficiently while highlighting the attributes that led him to become what Katznelson called ‘history’s gift to the Jewish people.’”—Neal Gendler, American Jewish World

‘This is an interesting addition to Yale’s Jewish Lives series —and Shapira rightly characterises the enigmatic Ben-Gurion as both a revolutionary Jacobin and “the helmsman of the state”’—Colin Schindler, Jewish Chronicle

"A carefully delivered, nuanced examination of the life of perhaps the most important Jewish political figure of the 20th century. This is a brief but indispensable study....Essential."--Choice

"Shapira’s compact yet probing biography, part of the Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press, gives full vent to his outbursts, obstinacy, and penchant for grudge-settling....But she freely acknowledges that these traits, which would severely handicap a lesser person, proved self-incentivizing to someone with Ben-Gurion’s blazing insights, remarkable intuition, and commitment to action....Her biography will help recapture his aura, audaciousness, and appeal for the current citizens of a now robust nation whose legacy survives him."--Jewish Standard

"Anita Shapira’s concise biography of Ben-Gurion reminds us that the complex issues and factionalism of modern Israeli politics have deep roots"—David Conway, Jewish Renaissance

Anita Shapira

Anita Shapira

Anita Shapira is professor emerita at Tel Aviv University, where she has served as dean of the Faculty of Humanities and held the Ruben Merenfeld Chair for the Study of Zionism. She is a recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize and her most recent book, in English, Israel: A History, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award.

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Jewish Lives Biography / Book on Leon Trotsky; Revolutionary, Marxist thinker Preview
October 15, 2011
240 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300137248

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life

by Joshua Rubenstein

"My first reaction was to wonder whether the 21st century needs a new interpretation of Trotsky, or even a new biography, but in fact this is both a good read and a balanced, plausible interpretation of the man in his times. Rubenstein sees things to admire and deplore, and achieves the mix of empathy and critical distance a good biographer needs.--Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Guardian

"In this new, concise biography, Rubenstein offers a more balanced view of Trotsky....There are many reasons to commend this work — among them, Rubenstein’s depoliticization of its subject and the book’s succinctness and readability." --Peter Ephross, The Forward

"As much a myth and a legend as a man, Leon Trotsky is an individual of deep contradictions... Fast-paced and engaging, Rubenstein’s brief biography provides a solid introduction to the period and a detailed examination of a man much studied but little understood." Publishers Weekly

"An accessible scholarly account of a man whose life spanned continents, whose charisma was legendary and whose ideas sparked a revolution and its backlash." Kirkus Reviews

"An exemplary biography... Rubenstein depicts Trotsky as a tragic hero, a complex man whose brilliance and fallibility were inseparable." Jewish Advocate

The paperback version was chosen as one of the six best paperbacks by the Sunday Telegraph, November 10, 2013


Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein
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Joshua Rubenstein is the northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA and a longtime associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is the author of Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, a masterful biography of this controversial Soviet-Jewish writer and journalist.

TO HEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN ABOUT HIS BOOK ON TROTSKY on ABC, Australia National Radio
CLICK HERE

September 9, 2013 at 4:15pm
Harvard Center for European Studies
Joshua will be giving a presentation about his biography of Leon Trotsky

September 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
Wellesley College 7:30 pm
Joshua will speaking about Leon Trotsky

September 26, 2013 at 7pm
Harvard Book Store
Joshua will be giving a presentation to mark the publication of the paperback edition of his Trotsky biography

HEAR RUBENSTEIN SPEAK ABOUT TROTSKY AND BIOGRAPHY AT CUNY: Start at 5:54 min

See footage of Trotsky with Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera

TO HEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN ABOUT HIS BOOK ON TROTSKY
CLICK HERE Then go to “Beneath the Surface with Suzi Wiessman” Friday, January 6, 2012 and click on PLAY. Her interview with Joshua Rubenstein begins at the time 37:28

See Trotsky give a speech in Copenhagen, Denmark (in English):

To look at artifacts in the Trotsky Museum in Mexico in the house where he lived and was assassinated CLICK HERE

Myths about Trotsky still thrive: To read a 2005 article --with many inaccuracies about Trotsky himself-- about a claim of inheriting the weapon that assassinated Trotsky CLICK HERE

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Jewish Lives Biography / Book on Walther Rathenau; German statesman Preview
January 3, 2012
256 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300144314

Walter Rathenau: The Life of Weimar's Fallen Statesman

by Shulamit Volkov

"This is by far the best and most sophisticated life of Rathenau in English."--Richard Evans, London Review of Books

"An illuminating, thoroughly researched and sympathetic account of this intriguing, enigmatic life."--Ian Brunskill, Wall Street Journal

“In this remarkable biography, Shulamit Volkov offers a subtle analysis of Walther Rathenau's complex and often ambiguous personality. She describes admirably how Rathenau's always reaffirmed Jewishness increasingly became a target for the antisemitic elites of Imperial Germany and, notwithstanding his outstanding services to Germany, an object of fanatical hatred for the extreme Right under Weimar that led to his assassination. Shulamit Volkov's book is history at its best.”--Saul Friedlander

"Concise and revelatory." Sam Kerbel, The Forward Arty Semite Blog

"Well-researched and written...A fascinating introduction to an important, multifaceted early 20th-century figure." --Publishers Weekly

"Incisive and probing."--Martin Rubin, Washington Times

Shulamit Volkov

Shulamit Volkov

Shulamit Volkov is professor emerita of modern European history, Tel Aviv University. Her most recent book is Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation. She lives in Herzliya, Israel.

See rare footage of Walther Rathenau at Cannes Conference in 1922, from Pathe News: Click on screen

Read Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech of the Walther Rathenau Prize and what she says about Rathenau CLICK HERE To see a video of Clinton receiving the prize (narration in German) CLICK HERE

Read one of Rathenau’s most famous literary works was Höre, Israel [Hear, O Israel], in which he rejected Zionism and encouraged German Jews to assimilate into German society. CLICK HERE

Listen to a talk about Walther Rathenau, given by Shulamit Volkov at the Cal Tech on November 11, 2011

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Vladimir Jabotinsky Preview
May 27, 2014
1 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
9780300136623

Jabotinsky: A Life

by Hillel Halkin

"A beautifully written short biography of an exceedingly interesting man: a novelist, translator, poet, playwright, journalist, polemicist, and probably the most remarkable public speaker in modern Jewish life. Halkin’s account of him is credible and vivid."--Avishai Margalit, New York Review of Books

In his engaging and intelligent biography, Hillel Halkin, himself a brilliant Zionist man of letters—translator, novelist and essayist—illuminates Jabotinsky's multifaceted nature as a littérateur and polemicist, political thinker and activist, family man and frustrated politician."--Douglas Feith, Wall Street Journal

"An intellectually deep book which is insightful and historic – and worthwhile reading for anyone interested in Zionist history and the life of a great Jewish hero. Every Jewish library needs a copy of Jabotinsky: A Life By Hillel Halkin."--San Diego Jewish World

"A revelatory exploration of Vladimir Jabotinsky."--Jewish Chronicle

"Halkin’s exquisite translation strikingly reveals the personal side of a man so often vilified in the press for his uncompromising political stands. In a similar way, Halkin’s literary criticism offers unparalleled insights into little known aspects of Jabotinsky’s career, and his discussion of the Jabotinsky’s novel, The Five...is probably the best analysis of the novel to date."--Times of Israel

"Remarkable...Deftly traces and provides new insight into Jabotinsky's journey from Odessa childhood to Italian University dandy to renowned journalist to Zionist icon. Reading Halkin's book confirms Jabotinsky’s place as the 20th century’s most prescient Jewish political thinker."--Jewish Week Well-Versed Blog

"With his characteristic broad intellectual sweep and gifted pen, Hillel Halkin brings us not only an insightful biography of one of Zionism’s most important figures, but a grand rendering of the cultural and political landscapes in which Jabotinsky grew, wrote and toiled. Our understanding of not only Jabotinsky, but of all of Zionism, cannot but be deeply enriched by this memorable volume.”--Daniel Gordis, author of Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul

"Jabotinsky: A Life” presents the lone wolf’s contradictions, his stormy personality and personal warmth, his dreams and his failures with clarity and verve".--Adam Rovner, The Forward

"For many, [this book] will open up a man and his ideas whose influence is still felt today and who had an important role in the ideological struggles that shaped the Zionist movement and the modern Jewish state."--Chicago Jewish Star

"Halkin writes an intellectually deep book which is insightful and historic – and worthwhile reading for anyone interested in Zionist history and the life of a great Jewish hero. Every Jewish library needs a copy of Jabotinsky: A Life by Hillel Halkin."--Ronn Torossian, San Diego Jewish World

"These memories came rolling back as I recently read Hillel Halkin's remarkable new biography, “Jabotinsky: A Life,” which deftly traces and provides new insight into Jabotinsky's journey from Odessa childhood to Italian University dandy to renowned journalist to Zionist icon. Reading Halkin's book confirms Jabotinsky’s place as the 20th century’s most prescient Jewish political thinker."--Barry Lichtenberg, The Jewish Week

"[An] excellent biography...Halkin, an award-winning writer, critic, and translator, sets Jabotinsky, who was born in 1880, in the context of his time."--Jacob Heilbrunn, Washington Monthly

" In this sympa­thetic and accessible biography of Jabotinsky, Hillel Halkin, an American-Israeli writer, traces the twisting course of Jabotinsky’s life, explor­ing the contradictions and consistencies that make Jabotinsky, decades after his death, a politically and intellectually interesting figure."
--Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council

Hillel Halkin

Hillel Halkin

Hillel Halkin is a writer, critic, and translator. He is the author of Across the Sabbath River and Yehuda Halevi, both of which won the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book is Melisande! What Are Dreams? He lives in Israel.

To hear an interview with Halkin discussing his biography of Jabotinsky, CLICK HERE

To see the video of the June 2, 2014 YIVO event "Re-thinking Jabotinsky" with Hillel Halkin, Rebecca Kobrin, and Ed Rothstein, CLICK HERE

To catch a glimpse of Jabotinsky or see the whole (9 minutes) video of Jabotinsky speaking in Yiddish (with Hebrew subtitles) about problems with the British Mandate for Palestine, CLICK HERE