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1 BIRMINGHAM, STEPHEN 'Our Crowd.' The great Jewish families of New York.
New York Harper & Row 1967 Hard Cover 
Very good in dust jacket. 
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2 BIRMINGHAM, STEPHEN 'The Rest of Us.' The rise of America's Eastern European Jews.
Boston Little Brown & Co. , 1984 Hard Cover 
392 pages, 8 plates, cloth, dj, ex-library with usual library markings otherwise very good. From the dj, 'In two previous best-sellers, Stephen Birmingham explored two fascinating segments of American Jewish life: Our Crowd dealt with the great German-Jewish families of New York banking and retailing: The Grandees studied the ancestor-proud ways of America's Sephardic Jews. The Rest of Us is the third andperhaps the most compelling panel of Birmingham's Jewish triptych - the story of the Eastern European Jews who, between 1882 and 1915, thronged into New York Harbor to escape the savae pogroms of czarist Russia, and who stayed to prosper in the New World...here are the extraordinary success stories of an ex-newboy named David Sarnoff; a glove salesman named Louis B. Mayer, a bartender named Samuel Bronfman; a girl from the Krakow ghetto named Helena Rubinstein; a builder of skyscrapers named Emery Roth; a singing waiter named Irving Berling; a fashion designer named Ralph (Lifschitz) Lauren..here too is the poignant story of Rose Pastor Stokes, the 'Jewish Cinderella' who became a fiery socialist, as well as the tale of Meyer Lansky, the 'Mastermind of Crime,' who died one of America's richest men, and against whom no serious crime was ever proved.' 
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3 BIRMINGHAM, STEPHEN The Grandees : America's Sephardic Elite
New York Harper & Row 1971 Hard Cover Very Good 
318 pages, 8 plates, folding chart, cloth, very good. 
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4 BROWNE, LEWIS Stranger than fiction. A short history of the Jews from earliest times to the present day.
New York Macmillan Co. 1928 Hard Cover 
'With fifty animated maps by the author, giving a pictorial history of centuries of wandering.' 377 pages, well illustrated, maps, cloth, ex-library with usual library markings, back-strip little frayed otherwise very good. 
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5 DE LEON, DANIEL Anti-Semitism, its cause and cure.
Socialist Labor Party 1921 Soft Cover Good 
26, [6 advertising] pages, frontispiece (portrait), wrappers, covers stained otherwise very good. Scarce. From the introduction: "Every now and then such questions as Semitism or Anti-Semitism will appear among the many clouds on our social horizon, causing a few more ripples on the political surface or whip into greater fury the tempest in the social teapot. The recent 'Ford incident' was such a cloud. Henry Ford accused certain Jewish financiers of having caused and promoted the war for the sake of reaping profits, supplementing the 'exposures' of the London Morning Post which resuscitated the so-called 'Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion,' a book purporting to be an exposure of a Jewish secret society led by 'Elders of Zion,' who supposedly dream of centering world power in the hands of Jews through the issu9ing of so-called 'protocols.' . . . All superficial Jews, Jews made conceited and shallow by Gentile theology, considered it incumbent upon themselves to rise in the defense of Jewish banking interests. Ford was denounced as a 'traitor on every street corner and hysterical Jews saw visions of pogroms on the streets of New York City. It is in the analysis of such outbursts as the recent Ford incident that this essay on 'Anti-Semitism,' written in 1903 by Daniel De Leon, will prove particularly valuable." From the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: "Daniel De Leon, 1852-1914, American socialist leader. Born on the island of Curaçao of Spanish-American parents, he was educated in Germany and the Netherlands before going (1872) to New York City. There he edited a Spanish newspaper, studied law at Columbia (LL.B., 1876), practiced law for a few years, and then returned to Columbia to lecture (1883-89) on Latin American diplomacy. His interest in labor reform grew, and he joined successively the Knights of Labor (1888), Edward Bellamy's "Nationalist" movement (1889), and the Socialist Labor party (1890). De Leon was the Socialist Labor candidate for governor of New York in 1891, and for years he edited the Socialist Labor weekly, The People. He was an inflexible and doctrinaire Marxian revolutionist and consequently fell out with most other liberal leaders. He opposed unionization of labor according to trades and led the group that formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance, but his leadership was too radical for some of the members (prominent among them Morris Hillquit), who withdrew in 1899 and ultimately formed the Socialist party. De Leon's prestige subsequently lessened. He helped to found the Industrial Workers of the World in 1905, but in the quarrel over political action he and his followers were expelled. The rival Workers' International Industrial Union, which he then organized, did not flourish. He wrote a great deal of Socialist polemical literature and translated a work of Karl Marx." 
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6 DERSHOWITZ, ALAN M. The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century.
Boston Little Brown & Co. , 1997 0316181331 / 9780316181334 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
395 pages, cloth, dj, very good. 1st edition. From the publisher: In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - and what must be done now to create a renewed sense of Jewish identity for the next century. Picking up where his 1991 bestseller Chutzpah left off, Dershowitz unblinkingly faces up to the quandaries that confront Jews today. Chutzpah - the boldness, assertiveness, and willingness to demand what is due that he celebrated in his earlier book - helped an older generation of Jews achieve the success they now enjoy in America. Yet paradoxically, that very same success now endangers the continued existence of American Jews. 
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7 GROSS, THEODORE L. editior The Literature of American Jews
New York Free Press, 1973 First Edition Hard Cover Good in Good dust jacket 
From the dj: Drawing on fiction, poetry, drama, and critical essays, The Literature of American Jews is a testimony to the rich literary expression of Jewish Americans - its birth in the migration of Eastern Europeans, its later record of that immigrant experience, and its remarkable flowering after WWI. In his informative introductions to each of the three major sections of this book, Professor Gross traces the social, economic, and moral roots of Jewish literature." Forty authors are represented, including Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Emma Lazarus, Ludwig Lewisohn, Waldo Frank, Ben Hecht, Clifford Odets, Delmore Schwartz, Muriel Rukeyser, Karl Shapiro, Bernand Malamud, Arthur Miller, Grace Paley, Ivan Fause, Daniel Fuchs, Allen Ginsberg, Howard Nemero, Michael Gold, Henry Roth, and Daniel Fuchs. 
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8 HARTMAN, DAVID Maimonides : Torah and philosophic quest.
Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society of America 1977 0827600836 / 9780827600836 Hard Cover 
Foreword by Shlomo Pines. 296 pages, cloth, dust jacket frayed otherwise very good. Second impression. From the dj: Maimonides, the most important Jewish philosopher and codifier of the Middle Ages, occupies a commanding position in the history of Jewish and Western thought. Indeed, successive generations of philosophers have found it necessary to engage him anew, to acquire their own Maimonides, so to speak. David Hartman's work is such an effort. It is the first study in the vast Maimonidean literature to consider what in retrospect would seem to be the most obvious fact about Maimonides: namely, that in addition to being an important philosopher he was also one of the great Talmudists of all time. Dr. Hartman puts this fact at the center of his conception of Maimonides' The Guide of the Perplexed and sees that work as the prdocut of the struggle of a great Halakhist to achieve philosophical integrity. 
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9 HERMANN, GEORG Georg Hermann. Gesammelte Werke
Stuttgart Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 1922 Hard Cover Very Good 
363 pages, frontispiece (portrait), boards, new cloth backstrip, very good. The collected works of Georg Hermann. Text In German. From the website of the Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History: "Georg Hermann was born in Berlin-Friedenau on October 7, 1871, and died on November 19, 1943 in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and was an internationally renowned author of numerous novels, essays, and articles. Born as Georg Borchardt, he was the youngest of six children in a well-established Jewish family in Berlin. Later in life he used his father's first name Hermann as his surname when writing. Georg Borchardt grew up in western Berlin, his family later moving closer to the Tiergarten. Some time thereafter his family began having financial difficulties when his father's business failed, an influential event in Hermann's life. He attended the Askanische and Friedrich-Werdersche Gymnasium (secondary school) in Berlin. Contrary to the expectations for a young man from a reputable family, Hermann did not pursue the Abitur exam, and instead received a one-year certificate in 1890, leaving school to become an apprentice salesman at a tie company. From 1896 until 1899 he worked in the Statistical Office of Berlin, at the same time attending literature and art history lectures at the University of Berlin. Afterwards he worked as a freelance writer and art critic, but met with financial difficulty. His first book, Spielkinder, was published in 1896, but he did not become well-known until 1906, with the publication of Jettchen Gebert, followed by its sequel, Henriette Jacoby. Jettchen Gebert was also rewritten as a play in 1913. These novels told the story of the life of a young woman living in Jewish Berlin during the Biedermeier period of the 1820s and 1830s. Another popular work of Hermann's was Kubinke, published in 1910, depicting life in Berlin at the beginning of the 20th Century. Politically active, Georg Hermann was also a member of the Central-Verein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens. Having become known for his pacifist tendencies through his writing, and because of his Jewish heritage, Georg Hermann and his family fled to Holland shortly after the burning of the Reichstag in 1933. Although the rest of his family was saved from the Nazis after their occupation of Holland in 1943, Georg Hermann, by then already 72 years old, was sent to the Dutch concentration camp of Westerbork. On November 16, 1943 he was transported to Auschwitz and either died during transport or shortly after his arrival." 
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10 LOSSIN, YIGAL Pillar of Fire, The Rebirth of Israel A Visual History
Jerusalem Shikmona Publishing Company 1983 Hard Cover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Jerusalem : Shikmona Publishing Company Ltd. in cooperation with the Israel Broadcasting Authority, 1983. Translated from the Hebrew by Zvi Ofer ; English text edited by Carol S. Halberstadt. 547 pages, very well illustrated, cloth, dj, very good. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. "This album is based primarily upon a collection of photographs from the television series Pillar of Fire" - verso of title-page. From the publisher: Yigal Lossin is a senior producer at Israel Television. Between 1968-1972 he was U.S. correspondent and head of the New York office of Israel Radio and Television. Upon his return to Jerusalem in 1972 he was appointed director of the department of documentary films at Israel Television. In the years 1976-1981 he wrote and produced "Pillar of Fire", the highly-acclaimed television history of Israel's rebirth. 
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11 MORGANSTERN, JULIAN As a mighty stream. The progress of Judaism through history.
Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society of America, 1949 Hard Cover 
442 pages, cloth, ex-library with usual library markings otherwise very good. 
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12 ODOM, ROBERT LEO Israel's Angel Extraordinary.
Bronx Israelite Heritage Institute 1985 Soft Cover 
117 pages, pictorial wrappers, very good. From the back cover: The name of Israel's Angel Extraordinary has been found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, on an Aramaic ostracon found at Nimrud, and in the cuneiform texts recently uncovered at Ebla which date from the time of Abraham, the first Hebrew. Who was this celestial being? Does he still exist? What has been his role in the history of Israel? 
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13 ROBINSON, THEODORE H. A history of Israel. Vol. I. From the Exodus to the Fall of Jerusalem, 586 B.C.
London Oxford University Press, Hard Cover 
496 pages, 12 maps (some folding), cloth, ex-library with usual library markings, back strip badly frayed. 
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14 ROSS, JAMES R. Fragile branches. Travels through the Jewish Diaspora.
New York Riverhead Books 2000 1573221651 / 9781573221658 Soft Cover Signed by Author
229 pages, pictorial wrappers, very good. Signed by author. From the rear cover, 'A Ugandan village, an island in the Amazon, a Peruvian mountain town. Throughout the world, in the unlikeliest places, isolated communities are embracing Judaism despite enormous obstacles. In this tour of six Jewish communities, James Ross creates a fascinating portrait of people who are currently risking their lives and livelihoods to exist as Jews, though in some cases they have no historical links to Judaism. As Ross describes Jewish communities in India, Peru, Brazil, Israel, Uganda, and other far-flung countries, a variegated picture of contemporary Jewish life emerges, offering us new perspectives on ancient precepts, thoughts, and rituals - and inspiring us to reexaine our own relationship with tradition. In reminding us of the diversity and richness of Jewish life, which has always borrowed from surrounding cultures, Fragile Branches begs the ever perplexing question of who is a Jew - a question that has troubled Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries.'; Signed by Author 
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15 SCHOENER, ALLON The American Jewish Album, 1654 to the Present
New York Rizzoli 1983 Hard Cover Good in Good dust jacket 
[20], 342 pages, very well illustrated (many in color), cloth, dj, ex-library with usual library markings otherwise very good. 9 by 12 inches. From the dust jacket: "Allon Schoener has been a staff member, consultant and exhibition designer for the Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations. His Lower East Side exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York was the most popular in that Museum's history, and his book, Portal to America, has become the basic reference on the experience so f the Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York. The introduction to The American Jewish Album is by Henry Feingold, Professor of History at the City University of New York, and the extensive bibliography has been prepared by Nathan Kaganoff, Librarian of the American Jewish Historical Society. 
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16 SOLOMON, HANNAH GREENEBAUM Fabric of My Life: The Autobiography of Hannah G Solomon.
New York National Council of Jewish Women / Bloch Publishing Company 1974 081970363X / 9780819703637 Soft Cover Very Good 
277 pages, 10 plates, wrappers, very good. From the foreword: Nearly 81 years ago, Hannah G. Solomon organized a highly-motivated nucleus of 95 women from 29 cities. The Congress of Jewish Women evolved into the National Council of Jewish Women a year later. It was an era of change, but social progress lagged far behind accelerating technological advances. Hannah Solomon led Council women into programs of aid to destitute immigrant families; promotion of child labor laws and public health regulations; and the furtherance of Jewish education and culture. From the website of the Jewish Women's Archive: 'Hannah Greenebaum Solomon dared to go out into the world and establish the first national association of Jewish women. A superb organizer, Solomon emphasized unity, and orchestrated agreements among Jewish, gentile, and government groups on local, national, and international levels. Solomon was not only the celebrated founder of the National Council of Jewish Women, but also an important force for reform in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Her work grew out of her sense that "woman's sphere is the whole wide world." But at the same time she believed a woman's primary responsibility was to her family. For Solomon, there was no more powerful role than that of the Jewish mother.' 
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17 WESSOLOWSKY, CHARLES Reflections of Southern Jewry. The letters of Charles Wessolowsky.
Mercer University Press 1982 Hard Cover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Edited by Louis Schmier. Includes letters to Rabbi Edward B.M. Browne. From the publisher: Concerning the historical relationships of the Jews to the American South, there are at least two opposing views. One historian may conclude that 'everywhere [the Jew is] the eternal alien; and in the South [he is] especially so.' Another historian may find that 'Jews (in the South are) not aliens in a Promised Land, but blood-and-bones part of the South itself - Jewish Southerners.' Louis Schmier (a Jewish Southern historian) concludes that the second is the more correct of these two views. The problem - Schmier suggests - is that Jews and Jewry in the South have been given only short shrift by the historians who have turned their attention almost exclusively toward the Jews of the great Northeast metropolises. In order to encourage and support the preservation, documentation, and dissemination of the important history of the Jewish presence in the American South, the Southern Jewish Historical Society was formed in May 1977. The present volume is one tangible result of that new society's primary purpose - to collect and make known the historical records of the Jew in the South. 
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