Lethal Obsession Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad

ISBN-10: 1400060974

ISBN-13: 9781400060979

Edition: 2009

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Description: In this unprecedented work two decades in the making, leading historian Robert S. Wistrich examines the long and ugly history of anti-Semitism, from the first recorded pogrom in 38 BCE to its shocking and widespread resurgence in the present day. As no other book has done before it, A Lethal Obsession reveals the causes behind this shameful and persistent form of hatred and offers a sobering look at how it may shake and reshape the world in years to come. Here are the fascinating and long-forgotten roots of the "Jewish difference"the violence that greeted the Jewish Diaspora in first-century Alexandria. Wistrich suggests that the idea of a formless God who passed down a universal moral law to a chosen few deeply disconcerted the pagan world. The early leaders of Christianity increased their strength by painting these "superior" Jews as a cosmic and satanic evil, and by the time of the Crusades, murdering a "Christ killer" had become an act of conscience. Moving seamlessly through centuries of war and dissidence, A Lethal Obsession powerfully portrays the creation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the fateful anti-Semitic tract commissioned by Russia's tsarist secret police at the end of the nineteenth centuryand the prediction by Theodor Herzl, Austrian founder of political Zionism, of eventual disaster for the Jews in Europe. The twentieth century fulfilled this dark prophecy, with the horrifying ascent of Hitler's Third Reich. Yet, as Wistrich disturbingly suggests, the end of World War II failed to neutralize the "Judeophobic virus": Pogroms and prejudice continued in Soviet-controlled territories and in the Arab-Muslim world that would fan flames for new decades of distrust, malice, and violence. Here, in pointed and devastating detail, is our own world, one in which jihadi terrorists and the radical left blame Israel for all global ills. In his concluding chapters, Wistrich warns of a possible nuclear "Final Solution" at the hands of Iran, a land in which a formerly prosperous Jewish community has declined in both fortunes and freedoms. Dazzling in scope and erudition,A Lethal Obsessionis a riveting masterwork of investigative nonfiction, the definitive work on this unsettling yet essential subject. It is destined to become an indispensable source for any student of world affairs.

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List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 1/5/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1200
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.850
Language: English

Introduction: The Return of Anti-Semitism
From Deicide to Genocide
Between Marx and Stalin
The Soviet War Against Zion
Beat the Jews, Save Russia!
The Postcommunist Trauma
Nazi Shadows over Austria
German Guilt, Jewish Angst
Frenchmen, Arabs, and Jews
Libert�, Egalit� Antis�mitisme
Britain's Old-New Judeophobes
The Red-Green Axis
Welcome to Eurabia
Bigotry at the United Nations
The Anti-Zionist Masquerade
Jews Against Zion
Shylock Meets Uncle Sam
Multiculturalism and Its Discontents
The Globalization of Anti-Semitism
Lying About the Holocaust
Hitler and the Mufti
The "Liberation" of Palestine
Hamas, Hezbollah, Holy War
Toward the Muslim Apocalypse
The Wrath of Khomeini
Ahmadinejad: The Last Jihad
Epilogue
Ackmowledgments
Notes
Author's Note
Index
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