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Ahad Ha'am Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the origins of Zionism (Jewish Thinkers) by [Zipperstein, Steven J]
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About the Author

Steven J. Zipperstein is Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Stanford University. His book, "The Jews of Odessa" (1985), won the Smilen Prize in Jewish History.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3017 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Halban (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093NC76U
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Zionism 8 May 2000
By Reader from Washington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a five-star book: an exemplary intellectual and cultural history of an underexamined figure in early Zionism. I do think that the editorial reviews above, and the reader review below, do misrepresent the importance of the book in certain ways. Ahad Ha'am (or "One of the People"---"Ha'am" is not and cannot be used as if a last name as below!) was a central figure in early Zionism, and yet represents a strand of "cultural" or "spiritual" Zionism opposed to the political tactics and image of a polis in Zion represented by Herzl. Herzl won. It is important to note not only the ways that Ahad Ha'am influenced today's Zionism, but also to identify in him an idealistic, spiritually rich, and above all tolerant and inclusive vision of Zionism that has since been lost. All of this comes through in this marvelous book. I also handle these themes in my recent book _Prague Territories: National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in Franz Kafka's Fin de Siecle_: Ahad Ha'am and Martin Buber were especially influential in Kafka's Prague.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but thoroughly western account. 12 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
At best it describes the relationships within Ha'am's life as reflective of his peculiar ideological formulations without. At least that is what I found to be most interesting. At the least it was a truthful account of certain trends within Asher Ginzberg's intellectual life. Still, the author didn't fully address the fundamental yet implicit drives/reactions that animated Ha'am; namely, civilizationalism, evolution, utopia- anti.utopia...Asher didn't merely "want out" of russia (or later as he found out, europe) for pragmatic reasons, he instead pursued an idea far ahead of his time: civilizational sovereignty, a thorough break I think with nation-state building that reigned and still does in most of the world today. Still this work does further a discussion, and I thank the author for writing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book was the story of his life and his Zionist activities 3 Dec. 2012
By Shalom Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most interesting; Ha'am has never gotten the aclaim given to Herzl, but he was tirelessly dedicated to building a Jewish life and culture in the Turkish province of Palestine, the ancient home of the Jewish people.

His work forms an interesting counterpoint to that of Herzl with whom he had many disagreements.

I would have liked to have seen more excerpts from his original writings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive biography! 9 July 2015
By Martin Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A bit heavy going in places, but well worth the effort.
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