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Outwitting History The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

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ISBN-10: 1565125134

ISBN-13: 9781565125131

Edition: N/A

Authors: Aaron Lansky

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In 1980, a twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world's abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Twenty-five years and one and a half million books later, he's still in the midst of a great adventure. Filled with poignant and often laugh-out-loud tales from Lansky's travels across the country as he collected books from older Jewish immigrants-books their own children had no use for- Outwitting History also explores brilliant Yiddish writers and enables us to see how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the Old World and the future.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 9/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.40" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Aaron Lansky is the founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center ( in Amherst, Massachusetts. The recipient of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship, he has helped fuel the renaissance of Jewish literature in this country. He lives with his family in western Massachusetts.  

Learning Yiddish
Out of the Dumpster
Bread and Wine
"Come Back after Yontef!"
"What Is Mendele Doing in a Fruit Basket on the Floor?"
On the Road
A Ritual of Cultural Transmission
"Don't You Know That Yiddish Is Dead?"
A Day in the Life
A Brief History of Yiddish Literature
"People Are Dying Today Who Never Died Before"
"Pretty Soon We'll Have a Whole Forest in Israel and No More Members Here"
"Love and Peace"
"Ostroff! Sea Gate!"
The Great Newark Book Heist
"Him I Don't Talk To!"
"You're a Liar!"
"They're Tearing Apart the Library"
A Ghost in the Attic
"If Not Higher"
"Hitler's Fault"
Ganvenen dem Grenets-Crossing the Border
Squandered at the Concord
A Job for the Young
The Four Corners of the Earth
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Bringing It All Back Home
Der Oylem Redt-The World Takes Notice
A Home of Our Own
The Valise at the Bottom of the Sea