Antisemitism: here and now (Paperback)
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Antisemitism: here and now (Paperback)

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A timely analysis of the new antisemitism, by the historian who defeated Holocaust denier David Irving in court.

What is antisemitism? Does it come from the right or the left? Is anti-Zionism the same as antisemitism? Are there different kinds of antisemites? And what can be done to combat this extremely damaging racist ideology?

Antisemitism has been on the rise worldwide for the last ten years. From violent white-nationalist protests in Charlottesville, USA, to attacks on synagogues across Europe and the US, and from the targeting of Jewish students at American universities to the antisemitism row raging in the British Labour Party, does this resurgence of anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence mark a return to the brutality of the 1930s?

In this penetrating and provocative analysis, Deborah Lipstadt connects distinct currents in contemporary culture, such as the resurgence of racist right-wing nationalisms, left-liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, the plight of the Palestinians, and the rise of Islamic extremism, to explore how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.

Lucid and convincing, Antisemitism will calm the fearful, rouse the complacent, and demand a response from readers.

Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781925228670
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 22 mm


'Antisemitism covers, and covers well, the big concerns of the modern Jewry ... A very readable account and, like the author, it's gutsy.'

-- Daniel Finkelstein * The Times *

'Lipstadt has written a book that combines erudition, clarity, accessibility, and passion at a moment when they could not be needed more.'

* The New York Times Book Review *

'The most powerful and important element of Antisemitism is Lipstadt's clarity on the impact of words. Violence doesn't just appear out of the blue - it is enabled and encouraged by language ... Her book is essential reading for anyone perplexed about antisemitism and how we got to this point.'

-- Ruth Smeeth * Mail on Sunday *

'A timely book about contemporary anti-Semitism - timely because all the signs are that we are entering an era when this ancient prejudice is having new life breathed into it.'

-- Hugh Linehan * The Irish Times *

'Another vital read from Lipstadt, Antisemitism is an all-encompassing look at everything from the plight of the Palestinians to the British Labour Party.'

-- Ali Pantony * Glamour *

'Deborah Lipstadt is that rare person, able to play a leading part in events and to fathom their meaning. Having triumphed in a court-case brought by an anti-Semite, she now explains anti-Semitism to us, and thus performs a double service. This is a valuable book, containing many lessons.'

-- Anthony Julius, deputy chair of Mishcon de Reya, and author of Trials of the Diaspora

'Deborah Lipstadt's new book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, is an important and timely reminder of the continued presence and impact of this 'oldest hatred' ... Unlike the books that came before, however, Antisemitism possesses an air of intimacy and urgency. This is a lot more than a historian's recording of events or challenge against academic fraud.'

-- Ronan Breathnach * Irish Examiner *

'This ... could not be more topical. Connecting different currents in contemporary culture, such as the plight of the Palestinians, the resurgence of right-wing nationalism and left-wing liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, Lipstadt explores how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.'

* The Bookseller *

'A must read at the time of a mounting wave of aggressive nationalism and xenophobia in the world today.'

-- Professor Jan Gross, author of Neighbours: the destruction of the Jewish community in Jedwabne, Poland

'A leading scholar of Judaism explores just about every manifestation of contemporary antisemitism, with plenty of history included for context ... A didactic tour de force approachably presented.'

* Kirkus *

'To say anything worthwhile about antisemitism you need calm, lucidity, intelligence, and a faultless moral compass, all powered by a proper feeling for racial justice. Deborah Lipstadt has the entire skillset. That's why her new book is so welcome, so necessary, and so clear.'

-- David Hare

'Antisemitism Here and Now, could not be more accurately titled, timely or impactful ... Her book makes a convincing case that we need an entirely fresh start to Holocaust education: the vast sums spent on remembrance events and buildings have not achieved their purpose.'

-- Ruth Smeeth * Standpoint *

'This is not an academic history of antisemitism. It's something more valuable - an act of zooming in the moral lens on what is happening in the world today ... Read Lipstadt's new book. And then give it to your children and grandchildren. It is that good - and it is that relevant.'

-- Jeffrey Salkin * Religion News Service *

'Lipstadt's insight and perspective contextualise current events ... crafting an informative read for those interested in social justice and political and Jewish history.' STARRED REVIEW

* Library Journal *

'Keeping her tone measured and carefully noninflammatory, Lipstadt presents an intelligent, evenhanded explanation of why Jews come under attack today. Informed, historically sound, and deeply rational, her book offers both convincing reasons for the recent rise of antisemitism and apt advice to 'call out and combat' it.'

* Publishers Weekly *

'The present book is not a history but a reckoning with antisemitism in its current guises and contortions.'

-- Geoffrey Brahm Leven * Canberra Times *

'[T]he timeliness of Lipstadt's nuanced and accessible discussion of contemporary antisemitism cannot be overstated ... Lipstadt provides a useful taxonomy of antisemites ... Antisemitism: here and now is a sobering but accessible read by an eminent scholar.'

-- Helene Meyers * Washington Independent Review of Books *

'A rigorous examination of [antisemitism's] alarming rise worldwide ... Her central thesis, that "genocide begins with words not with acts of violence" is a reminder of the urgent need to call out and resist anti-Semitism in all its guises.'

* Australian Financial Review *

'In a very accessible and thoroughly interesting book, the author has managed to pack in a terrific amount of thoughtful material, ranging from why she prefers to spell it 'antisemitism' (no hyphen or capitalisation) through to her rugged defence of free speech.'

-- Anthony Smith * NZ International Review *

'Lipstadt isn't just interested in compiling a list of affronts, abuses, and attacks, which would be, in itself, a substantial achievement. She also explores with remarkable insight and balance the difference between anti-Semitism and racism ... [A] timely, nuanced, clear, accessible, and ultimately optimistic book.'

-- Ilana Snyder * Australian Book Review *

'Professor Lipstadt traces a dramatic rise in antisemitism since about 2000 with a particular uptake since 2016.'

-- Nick O'Malley * Sydney Morning Herald *

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“Antisemitism: Then and Now”

Historian and author Deborah Lipstadt is perhaps best known for her book Denying the Holocaust (1993) and the libel trial that followed its publication. In the book, Lipstadt discusses and condemns the practice of... More

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