Jewcentricity: Why the Jews are Praised, Blamed, and Used to Explain Just About Everything

Author(s): Adam M. Garfinkle


A wise and wide-ranging explanation of never-ending exaggeration - by both philo-Semites and anti-Semites - about the Jews. Hamas blames the financial crisis on Jews. Mel Gibson blamed all the wars on Jews. Jews win a disproportionate number of Nobel prizes. Dishy Danish citizen Scarlett Johansson is Jewish, Madonna is into Jewish mysticism, and some claim that Abe Lincoln was Jewish. Who cares? Nearly everyone, it seems. If it's about Jews, it's news. Adam Garfinkle looks deeply into the world's obsession with Jews, positive as well as negative, to find answers about where it comes from and where it might be going. He identifies four categories of exaggeration about Jews: positive bias by Jews and non-Jews, and negative bias by Jews and non-Jews. Combining insights from history, sociology, religion, and international politics, he explains how a misunderstanding of strategies that have kept the Jewish Diaspora going for millennia have led to distortions about Jewish influence, intelligence, and success - and to charges of chauvinism, financial manipulation, and conspiratorial lever-pulling. Adam Garfinkle (Washington, DC) is the founding editor of the "American Interest", a bimonthly magazine on politics and public affairs. Formerly a speechwriter for both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, Garfinkle has taught international relations at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Tel Aviv University.


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Adam Garfinkle is the founding editor of the American Interest, a bimonthly magazine on politics, culture, and international affairs. Prior to that he served as a speechwriter for secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Tel Aviv University.

Preface. Introduction: Jewcentricity Defined. Part One Jewcentricity in History. 1 Chosen. 2 On Philo-Semitism. 3 Anti-Semitism, Properly Understood. 4 Jewcentricity Globalized. Part Two Jewcentricity in America. 5 Jewcentricity Central. 6 The Two Religions of American Jews. 7 Adjewlation: Jews in American Celebrity Culture. 8 Meet the JACs. 9 Professional Jews. 10 Self-Hating Jews. Part Three Jewcentricity in the Middle East. 11 The Anti-Israel Lobby. 12 The (Non)-Centrality of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. 13 Muslim Jewcentricity. 14 Post-Zionism. Epilogue: Now What? Notes. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470198568
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • : 0.544
  • : October 2009
  • : 243mm X 165mm X 27mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adam M. Garfinkle
  • : Hardback
  • : 305.8924
  • : 320
  • : Jewish studies