New Books Network

Michael A. Daise, “Quotations in John: Studies on Jewish Scripture in the Fourth Gospel” (T and T Clark, 2020)
Without question the Gospel of John makes rich use of both the Jewish scriptures and the feasts of the Jewish liturgical year. In this double-feature program, with speak with Michael A. Daise about his two monographs on the Gospel of John. In his book Quotations in John: Studies on Jewish... Read More
Nancy Sinkoff, “From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History” (Wayne State UP, 2020)
From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press, 2020)  is the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneer historian in the field that is now called “Holocaust Studies.” Dawidowicz was a household name in the postwar... Read More
Paul Hanebrink, “A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism (Harvard University Press, 2018), Paul Hanebrink, Professor of History and Jewish Studies at  Rutgers University, traces the complex history of the myth of Judeo-Bolshevism. Hanebrink shows how Fascists, Conservatives and Nazis imagined Jewish Bolsheviks as enemies who crossed borders to subvert order from within... Read More
Great Books: Hillary Chute on Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”
 Art Spiegelman’s Maus is the story of an American cartoonist’s efforts to uncover and record his father’s story of survival of the Holocaust. It is also a cartoon, where the Jews are mice, the Nazis cats, the Poles dogs, and the French, well, you’ll have to read it. It’s a... Read More
Steven Ross and Wolf Gruner, “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht” (Purdue UP, 2019)
It’s possible to organize a 20th-century German history course around the date 9 November. In 1918, Phillipp Schedemann proclaimed the creation of a new German Republic. In 1989, 9 November saw the opening of the Berlin Wall. In between, in 1938, Kristallnacht began on the night of 9 November. Krystallnacht,... Read More
Sarah Abrevaya Stein, “A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century” (FSG, 2019)
In Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), Sarah Abrevaya Stein weaves a narrative tapestry whose threads are drawn from the archives of one Sephardic family, with roots in the city of Salonica, then in the Ottoman Empire, now Thessaloniki in Greece. The... Read More
Randal Schnoor, “Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home” (Indiana UP, 2018)
In Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home (Indiana University Press, 2018), Alex Pomson and Randal Schnoor examine the impact of the family on Jewish identity. Through interviewing a sample of families over a 10-year period, Pomson and Schnoor analyze a complex web of factors that guides the level of... Read More