Jews Don't Count (Paperback)David Baddiel (author)
The comedian and author combines powerful polemic and personal testimony to investigate why, in an age of heightened awareness of the evils of systemic racism, anti-Semitism appears to have been neglected by those who consider themselves progressive and enlightened.
How identity politics failed one particular identity.
Jews Don't Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.
It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism.
He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
'Few people in public life have David Baddiel's intellectual or cultural range, and in this new book he applies this wide learning to demonstrate, brilliantly and eloquently, how antisemitism is propounded in our national life in thousands of unthinking ways. Anyone with any history will know that Antisemitism was the original racism, and this short and powerful book shows, with remarkable humanity and humour, that no contemporary conversation about racism is complete without confronting antisemitism. An essential read - and a compulsory one too, if I had my way.' - Sathnam Sanghera
'Funny, complex and intellectually satisfying - a really good piece of work.' - Frankie Boyle
'Patient, clear and persuasive - which makes it not just admirable but valuable' - Jonathan Freedland
'Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along' - Hadley Freeman
'This is a bare-knuckle fist-fight of a book - snarly, sweary, unrestrained, unsparing. Baddiel's great advantage as a polemicist is that he's familiar with the worlds where anti-Semites flourish - the football terraces, comedy, journalism, the stage, Twitter, even the Labour Party - and is well apprised of their tactics. It isn't that he punches low; it's that he knows how to defend himself when they do. A win by knockout - early in the third.' - Howard Jacobson
'David Baddiel is a brilliant thinker and writer. Even when I disagree with him--especially when I disagree with him - I feel profound gratitude for his intellectual and moral clarity. This is a brave and necessary book.' - Jonathan Safran Foer
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“Short, honest and brutal.”
This book is going to be a challenging read for everyone of us who consider ourselves to be the good guys. Baddiel explains anti-Semitism in the context of modern progressive attitudes and argues that, while there is... More
This was an eye-opening read for me because it showed me from the outset that there have been gaps in my understanding, notice of and, therefore, compassion for Jewish people, for the whole of my life. I have always... More
David Baddiel tackles some very important issues in this brief read. Is anti0semitism the great unforgotten prejudice? Will cause a lot of debate.
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