Books by Pierre Birnbaum

Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Timely, given the recent swell of xenophobia in France, and a useful supplement to standard histories of the episode, such as Jean-Denis Bredin's The Affair."
Liberty, equality, and fraternity? For everyone but Jews—as much of France strenuously believed a century ago, according to this provocative study of anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
THE IDEA OF FRANCE by Pierre Birnbaum
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An academic study that will be of some interest to lay readers, but likely to appeal mainly to specialists of European politics and history."
An account of modern French politics and society, from the distinguished Sorbonne philosopher Birnbaum (Jewish Destinies, 2000). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Regrettably, although his analyses are long on insight and intelligence, Birnbaum is a dry writer, and much of this important volume, despite its many resonances for America's own multicultural debates, is a hard slog."
While France enters the next millennium as an embattled multicultural society, like much of the rest of the West, Birnbaum (Political Science/the Sorbonne; Anti-Semitism in France, not reviewed) ponders the nation's Jews as a weathervane for social change. Read full book review >