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Still, if more Jewish (and non-Jewish) highbrows were of the ilk of such individuals, there would have been no need for a book like Alexander’s. Instead, a besieged people shows signs of cracking under the pressure as many of its most talented sons and daughters join the attackers, flaunting their cowardice and betrayal in hues of moral grandeur. However appalling much of the subject matter, Edward Alexander’s wit, erudition, and insight make this a desirable and important book to read.

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer in Beersheba, Israel. He blogs at http://pdavidhornik.typepad.com.

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