Why Are Jews Liberals?

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 8, 2009 - Political Science - 208 pages
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From the bestselling author of World War IV, a brilliant investigation of a central question in American politics and culture.

During his career as a neoconservative thinker, Norman Podhoretz has been asked no question more often than “Why are so many Jews liberals?” In this provocative book he sets out to solve this puzzle. He first offers a fascinating account of anti-Semitism in the West to show the historical roots of Jewish mistrust of the right. But, Podhoretz argues, since the Six Day War of 1967 Jewish allegiance to the left no longer makes sense, and yet most Jews continue supporting the Democratic Party and the liberal agenda. Reviewing the history of Jewish political attitudes and examining the available evidence, Podhoretz argues against the conventional explanations for Jewish liberalism—finally proposing his own.




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Contents

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i1errns4 i l8 3 Poets and Exegetes
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Phase One
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TheEnlightenmentPuzzle 1138
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Phase Two 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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_Iews from Germany V V
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AntiSemitism Patrician Style V Y 8 7
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Something New Under thejewish Sun l
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Nixonandlsrael
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joining the jzickals
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The 1980 Election
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Reaganamllsrael 191
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The Case of Natiomll Review ill 27 George H W Bush and Israel
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The Case of Pat Buchanan E
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Clinton the Religious Right and the Jews K K
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The Backlash
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Defiers of the Culture
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Enter FDR _
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Truman
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From 1951 to 1968 1
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WHY THE JEWS ARE STILL LIBERALS
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The Golden Age of Jewish Security
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George W Bush and Israel E
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152 32 As Liherul as Ever? 158
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Conclusion
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Notes 29
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BibliographicalNote _ _ Index
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Norman Podhoretz, who was the editor in chief of Commentary for thirty-five years, is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Making It, Breaking Ranks, Ex-Friends, My Love Affair with America, The Prophets, and World War IV. He holds the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.




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