A LETHAL OBSESSION
Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad
ROBERT S. WISTRICH
From an important scholar, widely known as the “dean of historians of anti-semitism,” comes a groundbreaking and potent look at the return of the great scourge of the 20th-century: exterminatory hatred of the Jews. Unmatched in its historical scope and sweep, Wistrich’s A LETHAL OBSESSION, provides a definitive, disturbing look at the resurgence of anti-semitism in our world today.
“A monumental and encyclopedic work – one of the most compelling studies of anti-Semitism past and present that I have read. It is likely to become the seminal work on the subject - a must for scholars of hate and anti-Semitism.”
—Irwin Cotler, MP: Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Professor of Law, McGill University
“At the heart of Wistrich’s book is a holistic and global approach that seeks to analyze and understand the evolution of a “culture of hatred” that has continued to dehumanize Jews until this very day. The author masterfully explores the various mutations of anti-Semitism where it connects with contemporary social and political crises. This book contains valuable new information and insights and is bound to become indispensable for the study of anti-Semitism worldwide.”
—Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President, Brandeis University
“A Lethal Obsession presents a profound and incisive interpretation of anti-Semitism both before and after 1945. Wistrich offers remarkable, and infuriating details of the persistence and permutation of this hallucinatory set of ideas within Europe as well as in the Middle East, North Africa and Iran. He writes with the interpretive grasp of a historian of the first rank as well as with the passion and urgency that is so essential in the face of the genocidal threats made against Israel and the Jews in recent years. It is both a major work of enduring scholarly value as well as a much needed reminder to political leaders and citizens of the profound danger posed by the advocates of the delusions that anti-Semitism has fostered in the past and continues to foster in the present.”
—Jeffrey Herf, author of The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust and Nazi
Propaganda for the Arab World and professor of Modern European History, University of Maryland, College Park
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Solomon Wistrich holds the Neuberger chair for Modern European History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is head of its International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. He is the author and editor of 24 books, several of which have won international awards. These include Socialism and the Jews, The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph which won the Austrian State Prize for Danubian History and Antisemitism, The Longest Hatred which received the H.H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction in the U.K. and was the basis for the PBS film documentary of the same name. In June 2003, he initiated and acted as Chief Historical Advisor for a BBC film documentary on contemporary Muslim antisemitism, entitled “Blaming the Jews”. Since 2003, he has edited the research journal Antisemitism International and the Posen Papers in Contemporary Antisemitism.
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