"...(Words on Fire) is not only the clearest account of the (Yiddish) language I've come across, but also the most readable history of European Jewry I've seen." The Sunday Telegraph "The book is rich in detail and beautifully illustrated and Dovid Katz explains the genesis and development of Yiddish and its place in Jewish history." The Times "What a pleasure to have (this book) offering the muscularity of this political and linguistic debate, which is still at the heart of Jewish argument." The Independent "Drawing on years of research (Dovid Katz) has followed a friend's advice to write a 'radically alternative view of Yiddish for a wider readership'...the extensive scope and sharp insight of his survey admirably fulfil his aim." TLS"
About the Author
Dovid Katzis one of the world's foremost academics in the field of Yiddish studies. He has a B.A. from Columbia and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of London. He taught at Oxford for 18 years, where he established the University's Yiddish program, as well as at Yale. He is currently at Vilnius University, as research director for the new Vilnius Yiddish Institute, and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002.