JEWS IN AMERICA by Ruth Gay

JEWS IN AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a short history of the Jews in these United States from the earliest immigration through the post-war period. It is written in a simple, at times sketchy, fashion and as history seems to derive its information from other texts. A belief in American plurality mingled with a respect for the accomplishments of Jewish citizens sets the tone. Given are capsule biographies of leading members of the Jewish community, past and present, brief descriptions of the origins of the sects of American Judaism and a long discourse on the immigrants after World War II. The entire book is awash in the lambent idealism and partisan tone which may affect teenagers and keep them reading; non-partisan readers may wonder at the breathy atmosphere and, ultimately, find it less useful than their encyclopedia on the same subject.

Publisher: Basic Books