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The Uncivil Servant: Ten Million Books

by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: The Book Thieves by Anders Rydell. Viking, 2017, 352 pages. THE NAZI WAR on knowledge and ideas is well-known and documented, and its image has been eternally fixed: the burning of books on May 10, 1933, a scene that opens Anders Rydell’s informative and well-written The Book Thieves. Less […]

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February 28: The Brazilian Book Lover

José Ephim Mindlin, a bibliophile who had the largest private library in Latin America (38,000 titles), died in Sao Paolo, his town of birth, at age 95 on this date in 2010. Mindlin was an attorney and a businessman with major holdings in the automotive parts industry — and was one of only two Brazilian […]

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OpEdge: Are Conservatives Idealists?

by Marc Jampole Reviewed in this essay: Why the Right Went Wrong, by E. J. Dionne Jr. Simon & Schuster, 2016, 544 pages. READING E. J. Dionne Jr.’s Why the Right Went Wrong provides an illuminating contrast to Jane Mayer’s Dark Money. Both cover the same history: the Republican Party and conservatism since the 1950s. […]

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The Paper Pushcart

Jewish Currents has acquired a stack of some of the most creative and progressive books for kids in two age groups, 2-5 and 6-10 — and we’d like to send them to your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, one book per one month for the next six months. The cost of enrolling in the Paper […]

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“The Green Prince” and “Son of Hamas”

by Myriam Miedzian Reviewed in this essay: The Green Prince, a film by Nadav Schirman, 2014, and Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices, a book by Mosab Hassan Yousef, 2011   I SAW THE FILM The Green Prince shortly after it opened in New York theaters in September. […]

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October 19: Workman Publishing

Peter Workman, founder of one of America’s last successful independent publishers, Workman Publishing, was born in Great Neck, New York on this date in 1938. He founded Workman as a book packager and promoter in 1967, and built it into a company that launched about forty titles per year, with one of every three achieving […]

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