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KIRKUS REVIEW

Benjamin Epstein who wrote Cold Pogrom and Arnold Forster who wrote Anti Semitism-1947 have collaborated here, and supported by all the findings of the Anti-Defamation League present the facts of life, social and economic, if you are born a Jew. From the recent incident at the West Side Tennis Club- ""Tennis anyone, except Negroes or Jews"", this retraces earlier patterns, the chicken-egg corollary of exclusion and self-segregation, to the rise of the Jew today in terms of both success and achievement. They examine the acceptance or non-acceptance of the Jew at clubs, resort hotels, in fraternal and service organizations; the various gentlemen's agreements which obtain in housing both in the cities and the suburbs and the Gresham's Law of Neighborhoods (a minority is said to depreciate it economically); the ABC's of Higher Education from college admissions to fraternities to graduate schools; and finally employment, where discrimination takes subtler forms (leads in the insurance and banking fields). Still, there are heartening considerations; prejudice has diminished in the last thirty years, and whereas for the Jew it is an ""irritant"", it is not the ""crippling disability"" that faces the Negro. In any case this book, cool and reasonable and dispassionate, should help to remove the restrictive covenants of the mind and heart. But longstanding and latent attitudes are not easily dislodged and the difficulty will be to place this in the hands of those who drop that most revealing of cliches- ""some of my best friends...

Pub Date: April 20th, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy