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Part I: The Meaning of Jewish Power * Introduction: American Jews and Their Politics * Not For Myself: Liberalism and the Jewish Agenda * Vanishing Point: The Struggle for the Jewish Soul Part II: The Roots of Jewish Power * Our Eccentric Situation: The Disorganization of the Jews * From the Ashes: Opening the Golden Door * Six Days in June: The Triumph of Jewish Insecurity * Let My People Go!: How the Jews Won the Cold War * Jerusalem on the Potomac: The Rise and Rise of the Israel Lobby Part III: The Crises of Jewish Power * I am Joseph Your Brother: Jews and Public Office * Chosen People: Jews and the Ballot Box * We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us: Jews and the Media * Dueling Victims: The Mysterious Art of Intergroup Relations * Separated by a Common Faith: American Jewrys One-Way Love Affair With Israel * Epilogue: Back to the Garden

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J.J. Goldberg writes for a variety of American and Israeli publications. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Jerusalem Report. He won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for his history of Jewish popular music. He lives in New York City.


Doomsday predictions that American Jews are on the verge of disappearing via assimilation are fallacious, declares Goldberg, in part because a large minority of Jews are becoming more observant, in part because even weakly affiliated Jews nevertheless still identify with a common cultural heritage and shared destiny. In a trenchant, provocative probe of American Jewish power politics, Goldberg, New York-based contributing editor for the Israeli news magazine Jerusalem Report, challenges conventional wisdom on many fronts. Refuting critiques by Noam Chomsky, Paul Findley, George Ball and others who contend that the clout of the American Jewish lobby created the U.S.-Israel alliance, he argues instead that the forging of this alliance under Nixon‘a Republican president elected with almost no Jewish backing‘thrust American Jewry's political establishment onto the international stage, linking liberal Jews in an uneasy alliance with mostly gentile Cold Warriors. Rejecting claims of a Jewish shift to the right, Goldberg marshals statistics to demonstrate that American Jews remain overwhelmingly Democratic and liberal, even though neoconservative, Zionist and Orthodox "New Jews" who gained prominence after the 1967 Six-Day War have come to be identified in the popular mind as the leadership of the American Jewish community. Whether he is discussing FDR's response to the fate of European Jewry or contemporary Jews' self-image of vulnerability, Goldberg forces one to rethink individual positions. (Nov.)

Goldberg (editor, Builders and Dreamers, Associated Univ., 1993), a contributing editor to Jerusalem Report, provides a revealing glimpse of Jewish organizations, money, and political power in the United States. Goldberg covers such provocative topics as liberalism and American Jews; Jews and the Cold War; how Jews vote; and the rise of the Israel lobby. Most compelling are his discussions of black-Jewish relations, although the focus of his analysis is principally the relationship between New York City's Orthodox and African American communities. Certain to cause comment is the author's contention that the "Who is a Jew?" debate in Israel has its roots in a dispute among Diaspora Jewry in America and that the Israeli Orthodox community was largely indifferent to the issue initially. Recommended for all popular collections.‘Mark Weber, Kent State Univ. Lib., Ohio

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