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The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States by [Eizenstat, Stuart E.]
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Ambassador Eizenstat has written an important book that cogently describes the global processes, trends and shifts that are shaping our world, and will undoubtedly impact the State of Israel and the Jewish people, as we move further into the 21st century. With keen intelligence and the wisdom that comes with a lifetime of public service, Eizenstat gives the reader an undiluted account of where we are now and what we are likely to experience in the coming years.--Shimon Peres

As enormous changes unfold around us, we need Stu Eizenstat s keen insight into the forces of opportunity and upheaval shaping the future. Thanks to the breadth and clarity of his vision, The Fate of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States is a valuable aid to our own understanding.--William Jefferson Clinton, former President of the United States"

Ready or not, the future is coming. I am grateful to Stuart Eizenstat for laying out such a nuanced picture of what the Jewish people can expect the future to bring, and for raising such insightful and compelling recommendations for how we might better prepare for it. His preface, aptly entitled Uncharted Waters, supplies an eagle-eyed context for anyone trying to make sense of this unfolding, historic moment in the Middle East."

Stu Eizenstat has produced a valuable and prophetic book. The Future of the Jews is sure to challenge assumptions and amidst the sudden extraordinary changes unfolding today in the Middle East and beyond to inspire the kind of creative thought necessary for the Jewish community worldwide to seize the opportunities and weather the inevitable challenges that are sure to emerge in the years ahead.--Joseph I. Lieberman, U.S. Senator, Connecticut"

Stuart Eizenstat is the right person to write a book on the impact of world trends on the Jewish people. His combined experience of working at the highest levels of the US government and as Chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute prepared him well for this task. And he hasn't disappointed. His book is a balanced, insightful, sober but ultimately optimistic assessment of the Jewish future in the face of a rapidly changing world. This book is an effective response to the doomsayers as well as to those who see smooth sailing ahead. It should serve as a useful guide for discussions about the Jewish future for years to come.--Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

We stand at a time when the familiar certainties of the Cold War world have been engulfed by new, unforeseen challenges. Eizenstat s remarkable book is a brilliant, insightful and illuminating analysis of the global trends that are poised to have a particularly devastating impact on America, Israel and the West. The Future of the Jews is a deeply-reasoned and provocative work, worthy of serious attention.--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger"

I have worked in the White House with Stu Eizenstat on some of the most difficult issues facing the United States and the world. He is one of the most outstanding public servants I have ever been associated with, and demonstrates his accumulated knowledge and wisdom in three American administrations in this remarkable book. The scope, brilliance, and power of this book makes it essential reading for everyone interested in understanding the major global challenges facing the United States, as well as the Jewish people and Israel in the 21st century, and how to meet them successfully. As Israel's major ally, Stu compellingly makes the case that a strong America is an indispensable ingredient to a more secure Israel.--Dr. Walter F. Mondale, Former Vice President

The fate of the Jews has always been influenced by their interaction with the global and regional environments. What will be the fate of the Jewish people and the Jewish state in the 21st century? Stuart Eizenstat s masterful, horizons broadening and deeply thought analysis of the Global Forces impacting on Western civilizations and the Jewish future is an eye opener for anyone interested in the fate of the Jewish people and Israel, and is an invitation for innovative action to those who wish to impact on the Jewish fate in the 21st century.--Sallai Meridor, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States"

Stuart Eizenstat provides an insightful and sober analysis of recent seismic changes that will challenge the world community well into the 21st century. Benefiting from his unique vantage point as a well-travelled American ambassador on the world stage and as a leader of major Jewish organizations in the United States and Israel, his book reads as a call to action for Israel and the Jewish people worldwide and charts a course to help its leaders navigate the troubled waters that lay ahead. An impressive grasp of the issues, powerfully and masterfully argued, this book should be required reading.--Jehuda Reinharz, President, Mandel Foundation and the President Emeritus, Brandeis University"

This is a remarkable book. For almost four decades Stuart Eizenstat has had an exceptional impact in several arenas As a senior White House aide, US ambassador, a prominent Washington lawyer and public leader and a prominent Jewish leader concerned with obtaining justice foe holocaust victims and the welfare of Israel and its relationship with the US and the Jewish Diaspora. From his perch as Chairman of The Jewish People's Policy Institute he can think and stimulate thinking about the state of the Jewish people in a rapidly changing world. This book illustrates what can be accomplished when the keen mind of the intellectual and the rich perspective of the practitioner are put together in order to reflect on the state of the Jewish people and to offer thought and advice on the challenges presented to them by the new world order. It is mandatory reading for Jews and Israelis who must adapt old policies and institutions to new conditions and for non-Jews who want to understand the concern of an unusually successful yet vulnerable people.--Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University

Eizenstat cogently analyzes the forces that shape our contemporary geopolitical reality, from the globalization of not just commerce but human interaction generally to what he calls the battle for the direction of Islam and the challenge posed by the ever-increasing efforts to isolate and delegitimize the State of Israel in the international arena. If there is a silver lining for Israel and the Jewish people in the Arab Spring, he writes, it is that over time, if the Arab Middle East can genuinely develop democratic values and that is a big if this will ultimately unleash the creative abilities of the Muslim peoples of the area and embed them in a globalized society with a stake in a stable, prosperous world. (From the Washington Post Online, 12/27/2012)--Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress."

A great and timely book. As dramatic changes engulf the world scene in generaland the Middle East in particular, nobody is better qualified than Stuart Eizenstatto assess their impact on the Jewish people andIsrael. As American statesman and diplomat, Jewish leader and close observerand supporter of Israel, Eizenstat has theexperience, commitment and sophisticated understanding needed for such a project.In bold strokes, combined with meticulous knowledge of politics, economics and technological innovations, he paints the major challenges ahead, offering sober, wiseand measured advice, deeply anchored in his awareness of world trends as well asmajor Jewish concerns. A book for all whorealize that Israel is not a people that dwelleth alone andknow that its future and well-being are inextricably bound with global developments impacting the United States, world Jewry as well as its immediate neighborhood.--Shlomo Avineri, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former Director-General of Israel's Foreign Ministry"

About the Author

Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, from the White House to the State Department, from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. At the same time, he has been a leader in the Jewish community, having led American and international Jewish groups and institutions, and received numerous awards from Jewish organizations and academic institutions. He is the author of Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144221628X
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (3 May 2012)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0x8e579188) out of 5 stars The future of the world...... 19 Jan. 2014
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The Future of the Jews by Stuart Eizenstat is a thorough, but readable, account of the diverse global processes that will impact all of us in the years to come, most especially Jews both in Israel and the Diaspora. Mr. Eizenstat has a long and distinguished political career, having served as the Ambassador to the European Union, and then in President Clinton's cabinet. The breadth of his analysis is remarkable and his ability to recognize and explicate the events and trends and their significance is outstanding.
The book deals not only with political forces (relations between the U.S. and Israel, Israeli government and divisions within Israel, the influence of lobbying in the U.S., etc.) but also economic trends (the rise of China in world economy, the power of oil, globalization and the threats of cyberwarfare, etc.) religious conflicts (Anti Semitism, the threats of assimilation in the Diaspora, Muslim fundamentalism and divisions within the Muslim religion, etc.) and existential threats (nuclear capabilities, Iran, etc). Each topic is discussed thoroughly and cogently and put into perspective of world and Jewish affairs. Although Mr. Eizenstat is cautiously optimistic about the future, he explains clearly the most important tasks that must be accomplished in order to justify his optimism.
The book is excellent, and should be read by anyone with an interest in where we are headed, particularly but not necessarily from a Jewish perspective. It definitely earns the encomiums on the dust jacket from President Clinton, Shimon Peres, Henry Kissinger, Natan Sharansky, Walter Mondale, Abraham Foxman, among others.
Although the content of the book was superb, I cannot award it 5 stars because, despite the learned topic, the writing was disappointing. After a forward by the British historian Sir Martin Gilbert, Mr. Eizenstat opens with Acknowledgements, and in the first paragraph thanks his publishers and editors. For the life of me I cannot see why. The writing is a series of long and convoluted sentences which might have been acceptable except that on virtually every page there were grammatical errors and inconsistencies that were startlingly off-putting, distracting from the seriousness of the topics he was discussing.
I will give a few examples, as reassurance that I am not being unnecessarily pedantic. On a single page the following sentences appeared: "With only 4.5 percent of the world population, it is the world's largest economy, representing over twenty of global GDP..." And, "U.S. military personnel are stationed in 135 countries, train scores of foreign military forces, and thus has 11 aircraft carrier strike groups..." And also, "There are few global challenges that can be successfully met without American and Chinese cooperation, and yet it is a relationship between two countries with vastly cultures, economic and governance models..." On another page he wrote, "George Washington's 1790 welcoming message to the Jewish community of Rhode Island, in which he declared that the 'Government of the United States...gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, was an early manifestation of how central religious tolerance was to the founding and operation of the country." (The lack of an end quote mark was challenging.)
And finally there was this gem, "There has never been a time in recorded Jewish history when Jews in the Diaspora were as free, were as protected, and have made the scope of contributions they are now making in every field of endeavor to their home countries and to the world - artistic, cultural, scientific, medical, legal, governmental, academic, business, finance and philanthropy."
Perhaps I am too picky, but the job of an editor should be to go beyond spell-check.
So.....read the book, but don't show it to your English teacher.
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HASH(0x8e82bc90) out of 5 stars Distinctive in the thorough review of history for US and world trends 30 Jun. 2013
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So well written and thoughtfully organized. Although I haven't finished it yet, every paragraph is full of information and well foot-noted.
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HASH(0x8e8f9bac) out of 5 stars IT CAME NEW BUT SUCH SMALL LETTERS 16 Jan. 2013
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