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American Synagogues : A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community
by Samuel Gruber
Hardcover from Rizzoli

The Atlas of Jewish History
by Martin Gilbert
(Hardcover -- January 1993)

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
by Israel Finkelstein, Neil Asher Silberman
Listed under Israel

Becoming American, Remaining Jewish : The Story of Wilmington, Delaware's First Jewish Community, 1879-1924
by Toni Young
Listed under Delaware

But He Was Good to His Mother : The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters
by Robert A. Rockaway
Paperback from Gefen Books

By Way of Deception
by Victor Ostrovsky
Listed under Mossad

Change Within Tradition Among Jewish Women in Libya
by Rachel Simon
Listed under Libya

Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain
by Vivian B. Mann, Thomas F. Glick, Jerrilynn Denise Dodds
Listed under Medieval Spain

Cultures of the Jews: A New History
by David Biale (Editor)
Hardcover: 1200 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.33 x 9.42 x 7.18
Publisher: Schocken Books; (October 15, )
ISBN: 0805241310

The Damascus Affair : 'Ritual Murder', Politics, and the Jews in 1840
by Jonathan Frankel
Listed under Syrian History

Diaspora: Homelands in Exile (2 Volume Set)
by Frederic Brenner
Book Description: Since 1978, French photographer Frédéric Brenner has been chronicling the Jewish Diaspora by producing visual social histories of Jewish communities. Diaspora is a photographic record of his 25-year search for the Jewish population in 40 countries over five continents. Volume I, 344 pages, is a collection of 262 of Brenner's more than 80,000 photographs, the most extensive and diverse visual record of Jewish life ever created. A four page color insert includes two full-color photographs. Volume II is 164 pages of evocative essays by leading intellectuals on the meaning and significance to each of them of 60 of Brenner's photographs, reproduced here in smaller format. Diaspora is a landmark project that captures the scope and dynamism of one of the world's oldest, most diverse communities, and challenges stereotypes held by Jews and non-Jews alike. 
Hardcover from HarperCollins

A Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic of the Talmudic and Geonic Periods
by Michael Sokoloff
Hardcover from Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
by Hannah Arendt
While living in Argentina in 1960, Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped and smuggled to Israel where he was put on trial for crimes against humanity. The New Yorker magazine sent Hannah Arendt to cover the trial. While covering the technical aspects of the trial, Arendt also explored the wider themes inherent in the trial, such as the nature of justice, the behavior of the Jewish leadership during the Nazi Régime, and, most controversially, the nature of Evil itself. 
Far from being evil incarnate, as the prosecution painted Eichmann, Arendt maintains that he was an average man, a petty bureaucrat interested only in furthering his career, and the evil he did came from the seductive power of the totalitarian state and an unthinking adherence to the Nazi cause. Indeed, Eichmann's only defense during the trial was "I was just following orders." 

Arendt's analysis of the seductive nature of evil is a disturbing one. We would like to think that anyone who would perpetrate such horror on the world is different from us, and that such atrocities are rarities in our world. But the history of groups such as the Jews, Kurds, Bosnians, and Native Americans, to name but a few, seems to suggest that such evil is all too commonplace. In revealing Eichmann as the pedestrian little man that he was, Arendt shows us that the veneer of civilization is a thin one indeed.

Embracing Judaism
by Simcha Kling, et al

50 Jewish Messiahs
by Jerry Rabow

From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine
by Joan Peters
Listed under Arab-Israeli War

The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History, Vol 2)
by Thomas Cahill

Great Jewish Women
by Elinor Slater, Robert Slater
Hardcover from Jonathan David Pub

Henry Ford and the Jews
Neil Baldwin
Listed under Henry Ford

Historical Atlas Jewish People
by Eli Barnavi
A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, edited by Eli Barnavi, is one of those rare books that can literally make a reader gasp with delight and horror. It may even be the best one-volume history of Judaism in print. Beginning with "The Migrations of the Patriarchs," and continuing to the present day, the book's chapters include historical maps, timelines, illustrations and photographs, and narrative essays by leading historians (such as Moshe Idel) that help readers not only understand but visualize the movements of the Jewish people. The editors have chosen not to structure the story as leading inexorably to the Holocaust and the rise of Israel, although both events are covered in some detail. Instead, they have depicted the rich variety of lives established by the Diaspora in such far-flung places as China and England, and have been equally attentive to the joys and triumphs of Jews, both in everyday life and in national cultures, as to the considerable tragedies Jews have endured. The text of this book is smart and readable, but the real joy of the atlas is its illustrations, many of which are rarely seen, such as 20th-century artist Abel Pann's depiction of the creation of Adam, "He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." It's the kind of image that reminds you that life really is a gift, and makes you savor it. --Michael Joseph Gross -
Hardcover from Schocken Books

History of Edom and Khazaria
by Melchizedek Y. Lewis, Makeda Levi
Book Description: The History of Edom and Khazaria dicusses the lost Tribes of Israel, inculding the dispersion of the Children of Israel into Ethiopia and other parts of Africa, and the history of the Edomite Jewish nation and the Khazarian Jewish nation-past and present-and their role in the politics and prophecy of today.
Paperback from M.Y.L. Publisher

A History of the Jews
A History of the Jews
by Paul M. Johnson
Paperback from Perennial
Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
by Bryan Mark Rigg
Hardcover from Univ Pr of Kansas

Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II
by Stuart E. Eizenstat, Elie Wiesel (Foreword)

Jewish Budapest: Monuments, Rites, History
by Kinga Frojimovics, Geza Komoroczy, Viktoria Pusztai, Andrea Strbik
Listed under Hungarian History

Jewish Christians and Christian Jews: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (International Archives of the History of Ideas, No 138)
by Richard H. Popkin, Gordon M. Weiner
Hardcover from Kluwer Academic Publishers

Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History
by Joseph Telushkin
Hardcover from William Morrow

Marc Chagall
by Jean-Michel Foray, Jakov Bruk
Listed under Marc Chagall

Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land
by Vivian B. Mann (Editor)
Listed under Morocco

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
by David Fromkin

The Pity of It All: A History of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933
by Amos Elon
Hardcover from Metropolitan Books


Primo Levi : A Life
Primo Levi : A Life
by Ian Thomson
Hardcover from Metropolitan Books
Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots
by Jonathan Goldstein
Listed under Elvis Presley

A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood
by Raymond P. Scheindlin
Paperback from Oxford Press

Shtetl Finder Gazetter : Jewish Communities in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia
by Chester G. Cohen

The Jerusalem Scrolls
by Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
Prolific authors Bodie and Brock Thoene have earned a loyal readership for their fictional sagas of Jerusalem's stormy history. In The Jerusalem Scrolls, the fourth book in the Zion Legacy series, the husband-and-wife team surprise readers with a new spin, creating a story within a story and swapping time periods. It's 1948 when the tale opens, and flames are engulfing the Jewish Quarter. The battle for Old City Jerusalem is lost. Moshe Sachar and Alfie Halder escape the chaos through a secret passageway that leads to a cavernous, subterranean library, where the most sacred Jewish texts lie safely hidden. As Moshe prepares for their long confinement, he finds a tightly rolled papyrus scroll inscribed with the names Miryam and Marcus. He reads, and the scene shifts to the first century A.D., where a love story unfolds. Faithful fans of the series may have to stretch a bit to make the transition from following characters they've come appreciate to enjoying this diversion to a biblical epic. But the Thoenes have the skill to pull it off. Their ability to craft a historical novel and their careful attention to detail and description have resulted in sales of 6 million copies of their books in print, and eight Gold Medallion awards. --Cindy Crosby -
Hardcover: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.59 x 6.42
Viking Press; ISBN: 0670030120; (October 11, )
Thunder from Jerusalem (Thoene, Bodie, Zion Legacy, Bk. 2.)
by Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition)
by Simon Wiesenthal, et al

To Baghdad and Back: The Miraculous 2,000 Year Homecoming of the Iraqi Jews
by Mordechai Ben Porat, Mordechai Ben-Porat

The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine
by Edwin Black
Paperback from Carroll & Graf

A Treasury of Jewish Folklore: Stories, Traditions, Legends, Humor, Wisdom and Folk Songs of the Jewish People
by Nathan Ausubel (Editor)

The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and Its Heritage
by Arthur Koestler
Listed under Medieval Russia

An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust
by Bernat Rosner, Frederic C. Tubach, Sally P. Tubach
Hardcover from University of California Press

Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism
by Dennis Prager, Joseph Telushkin
Paperback from Touchstone Books

What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?: What Archaeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel
by William G. Dever
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