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BY John Starrels
June 5, 2014

By Steven Pressfield Sentinel, 430 pages Israel’s spectacular triumph over the combined forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria nearly five decades ago has been written about extensively by both Israeli and American writers. In “The Lion’s Gate,” author Steven Pressfield focuses on the human dimensions of the conflict: the thoughts, feelings and gut-level fears of CONTINUE »

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BY Neal Gendler
May 29, 2014

By George Prochnik Other Press, 390 pages In 1938, Vienna Jew Stefan Zweig was the world’s most widely translated living author and a literary superstar. ­Second son of a wealthy family, Zweig began writing before World War I and appeared often in Neue Freie Presse, newspaper of Theodor Herzl — Zweig’s mentor for a time. CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
May 22, 2014

By Arthur Allen W.W. Norton & Company, 400 pages While it can be hard to find positive stories from World War II, Arthur Allen tells a gem of a tale. While uprisings such as the one that took place in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 are well documented, resistance in scientific labs is not as CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

By Eve Harris Black Cat, 371 pages Long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by first-time novelist Eve Harris takes the reader behind the scenes and into the lives of 19-year-old Chani Kaufman, her fiance, Baruch Levy, and Rabbi Chaim and Rebbitzin Rivka Silbermann, who counsel the young couple on CONTINUE »

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BY Neal Gendler
May 8, 2014

By Daniel Gordis Schocken, 320 pages Daniel Gordis calls Menachem Begin “the most Jewish of Israel’s prime ministers” and a leader now much missed. “I wrote this book to find out why,” said Gordis, also a rabbi and senior vice president at Shalem College in Jerusalem. How could “someone so polarizing, so controversial … appear CONTINUE »