From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel

An astounding study by Robert S. Wistrich

University of Nebraska Press.  648 Pages.  $55.00.

WistrichThis is a colossal undertaking, both in scope and intellectual weight. No scholar is likely to sift through the primary and secondary materials that bear upon the relationship between leftist ideology and the Jewish people with the thoroughness, patience, and boldness that Professor Wistrich has displ ayed. Though I’m not sure that he makes the strongest case for ambivalence about the Jews at the dawn of European socialist thought, he certainly demolishes any lingering notion that socialism and socialist democracies have been especially hospitable political environments for European, Palestinian, and world Jewry .

To read the entire review as it appears on the Jewish Book Council website, click here: From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel

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