This book is well researched and highly readable. In addition, it sheds light on a topic of great importance to a number of fields of history. I myself am primarily interested in United States policy toward the Middle East, not American Jewish history. Kolsky, however, taught me much about the struggle between the Truman White House and the State Department over whether to support the emergence of a Jewish state. One particularly satisfying nugget is his discussion of the relationship between Kermit Roosevelt, of Mosaddeq fame, and the American Council for Judaism (ACJ). This story is fascinating in its own right but it also illuminates an important but forgotten stage of Roosevelt's career.
JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM has surprising resonance with the present. The author was, quite simply, way ahead of his time. Kolsky published this book twenty years ago -- that is, long before the rise of J-Street, Peter Beinart's analysis of young American Jews' disaffection with Israel, and Tony Judt's calls for a one state solution. Thanks to this book, anyone with just a passing familiarity with the current unease toward Israel among Jews will recognize that the sentiment has a very deep history in the Reform Movement. Unlike much of the writing on this subject, Kolsky is admirably nonpartisan. One assumes that he has positive feelings toward the ACJ. But that's just it: one assumes; Kolsky himself does not reveal his bias. He simply tells the story and let's you draw your own conclusion -- and he tells it well.