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Grand Hotels of Egypt by Andrew Humphreys | Martin Kramer

Grand Hotels of Egypt by Andrew Humphreys | Martin Kramer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

A splendid project: “This book tells the stories of Egypt’s grand hotels and some of the people that stayed in them, from pioneering voyagers such as Florence Nightingale to later visitors including Agatha Christie, Churchill and T.E. Lawrence.” Author Andrew Humphreys has put together a riveting site: http://goo.gl/Yjq1i and blog: http://goo.gl/C8Bip. The hotels are long gone—but not the Winter Palace!

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New Book: Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer

Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People

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Who are the Jews--a race, a people, a religious group? For over a century, non-Jews and Jews alike have tried to identify who they were--first applying the methods of physical anthropology and more recently of population genetics.

 

In Legacy, Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and authority on the genetics of the Jewish people, explores not only the history of these efforts, but also the insights that genetics has provided about the histories of contemporary Jewish people. Much of the book is told through the lives of scientific pioneers. As Ostrer describes their work and the work of others, he shows that to look over the genetics of Jewish groups, and to see the history of the Diaspora woven there, is truly a marvel. Here is what happened as the Jews migrated to new places and saw their numbers wax and wane, as they gained and lost adherents and thrived or were buffeted by famine, disease, wars, and persecution. Many of these groups--from North Africa, the Middle East, India--are little-known, and by telling their stories, Ostrer brings them to the forefront at a time when assimilation is literally changing the face of world Jewry.

 

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New Book: From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel by Robert S. Wistrich

New Book: From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel by Robert S. Wistrich | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

From Ambivalence to Betrayal is the first study to explore the transformation in attitudes on the Left toward the Jews, Zionism, and Israel since the origins of European socialism in the 1840s until the present. This pathbreaking synthesis reveals a striking continuity in negative stereotypes of Jews, contempt for Judaism, and negation of Jewish national self-determination from the days of Karl Marx to the current left-wing intellectual assault on Israel. World-renowned expert on the history of antisemitism Robert S. Wistrich provides not only a powerful analysis of how and why the Left emerged as a spearhead of anti-Israel sentiment but also new insights into the wider involvement of Jews in radical movements.

 

There are fascinating portraits of Marx, Moses Hess, Bernard Lazare, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, and other Jewish intellectuals, alongside analyses of the darker face of socialist and Communist antisemitism. The closing section eloquently exposes the degeneration of leftist anti-Zionist critiques into a novel form of “anti-racist” racism.

 

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New Book: House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

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"Anthony Shadid's beautifully rendered memoir is a rich account of a man's gradual immersion into the world of the Middle East and the culture of the Levant, a kingdom almost unrecognizable today, where the rooms and hallways of his great-grandfather's house tell stories that will linger with every reader for decades." --André Aciman, author of Out of Egypt.

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