"The most important book you will read this year."--Caitlin Flanagan, author of To Hell with All That WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD * The prescient former New York Times writer delivers an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country--and explains what we can do to defeat it. On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh, as well as the continued surge of hate crimes against Jews in cities and towns across the country, raise a question Americans cannot avoid: Could it happen here? This book is Weiss's answer. Like many, Weiss long believed this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. With its promise of free speech and religion, its insistence that all people are created equal, its tolerance for difference, and its emphasis on shared ideals rather than bloodlines, America has been, even with all its flaws, a new Jerusalem for the Jewish people. But now the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism. No longer the exclusive province of the far right, the far left, and assorted religious bigots, anti-Semitism now finds a home in identity politics as well as the reaction against identity politics, in the renewal of America First isolationism and the rise of one-world socialism, and in the spread of Islamist ideas into unlikely places. A hatred that was, until recently, reliably taboo is migrating toward the mainstream, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all. Weiss is one of our most provocative writers, and her cri de coeur makes a powerful case for renewing Jewish and American values in this uncertain moment. Not just for the sake of America's Jews, but for the sake of America.
There is a lot of good in this book. Its well written, extremely informative, and straight honest
This is a hard topic, and its handled very well by Bari Weiss. She does a fantastic job of presenting information, both statistical and anecdotal. This is a problem with many faces and many difficult situations and its multi-layered and theres no simple fix or solution to this. Weiss does a good job of covering the history and many possible solutions and ways to make things work.
I do wish there was a subtitle for this book that said basically "For Jews" or at least acknowledged that this book is primarily for Jewish people. Which does seem common sense given the topic; but, I assumed as a Gentile that there would be plenty for me as far as the "fighting" section goes. But that entire section is almost entirely devoted to Jews fighting anti-semitism and not how we as a WHOLE collective can fight against anti-semitism. So as a non-Jewish person, there is far more to get out of this book from the history and historical perspective than there is in the fighting anti-Semitism and thats sad, because thats why I primarily picked up this book, to learn about.