Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet

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Abraham H. Foxman and Christopher Wolf Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 It is rather dismaying to read this book’s first hundred or so pages. The authors painstakingly describe the types of bigotry and hate speech that are spreading online and discuss the legal and practical roadblocks in preventing the dissemination of such messages. Even defining hate speech… Read More

The Fifth Assassin

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By Brian Meltzer Grand Central Publishing 2013; 448 pages The Fifth Assassin started off with a bang, literally. I was intrigued and could not wait to keep reading. However, that enthusiasm quickly diminished. The chapters were really short, generally two to four pages, which I typically like. However, every chapter jumped to a different time… Read More

A Suitable Husband

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By S.B. Lerner On The Edge Books 2012, 320 pages S.B. Lerner tells the story of Bianca, a girl who has her head in the clouds and must return to reality in order to make the most important decision of her life. Set in 1930s Poland, the plot focuses on the Libors, a poor family… Read More

Crazy Women Creek

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Virginia Hull Welch Virginia Welch 2013, 400 pages James Rose rode into the Wyoming prairie one stormy Saturday night in 1880 and did not return. Did his wife kill him, was he teaching her a lesson, or did he have an enemy he was trying to escape? You will be hooked from the first page,… Read More

King of the Class

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Gila Green Now Or Never Publishing 2013, 237 pages Imagine an Israel in the not-so-distant future — post-traumatic religious civil war resulting in two states: Shalem, an observant land ruled by halacha, and Israel, a secular land complete with kibbutzniks. Both are still at the mercy of hostile nations in their region. This is the… Read More

“Sinners and the Sea”

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“Sinners and the Sea” Howard Books, 2013; 352 pages   If one of Rebecca Kanner’s goals in “Sinners and the Sea” was to paint a vivid picture of the depravity that made up antediluvian society, she succeeded. Using the unnamed and scorned wife of Noah as first-person narrator, Kanner creates a society virtually lacking in… Read More

“Spies Against Armageddon — Inside Israel’s Secret Wars”

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When news recently broke about Stuxnet, the intriguing and seemingly harmless computer virus that was slowly derailing Iranian’s nuclear enrichment plans, it didn’t take long for even the most civilian of viewers to solve the puzzle of its origin: Israel. Dating back to before its founding, Israel’s covert (and often overt) activities have both shocked… Read More

Israel:The Will To Prevail

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With steadfast determination and no apologies, author Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset, chairman of World Likud and chair of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, discusses Israel’s need to defend herself in spite of world opinion and pressure from the United States government. Danon provides a detailed history of the State of Israel, as… Read More