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The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey Hardcover – 6 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (6 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745332765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745332765
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.5 x 23 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An honest and moving account of how Antony Lerman – like so many Jewish liberals of his generation – fell in and out of love with the Zionist dream as translated into Israeli reality. A singular figure of principle in the grubby world of communal politics, Lerman retells factually and with a commendable lack of bitterness his shameful treatment at the hands of the British Jewish establishment. (Rabbi David J. Goldberg, author of This Is Not the Way: Jews, Judaism and Israel (2012))

In this very courageous, personal yet intellectual exposé, Antony Lerman, who, unlike many of his peers, refused to cross the red lines into the ideological territory of ethnocentric particularism, explores his journey to and from Zionism. His critique contains sharp insights and the inspiration of an optimistic prophet who believes that peace, justice and human rights are the true Jewish values. (Avraham Burg, former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and author of The Holocaust is Over: We Must Rise From its Ashes (2008))

Lerman's journey from fervent Zionist to thoughtful critic of Zionism is fascinating enough. But this rich and compelling account also charts his sustained vilification and shows how extensively bigotry has replaced reason in the Middle East debate. You leave it, however, uplifted by the encounter with a commentator who has wrestled with these difficult questions with seriousness, thoughtfulness and integrity all his professional life. (Anne Karpf, sociologist, journalist and author of The War After: Living With the Holocaust (1996))

About the Author

Antony Lerman was Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. His work has appeared in many publications including the Guardian, The Independent, The Nation, Ha'aretz, Prospect and openDemocracy. He was editor of the academic journal Patterns of Prejudice and is a member of the Black-Jewish-Asian Forum.

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