Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945

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A handsome new paperback edition of the bestselling classic on America's response to the Nazi assault on European Jews.

The Abandonment of the Jews received enormous critical and commercial attention when it was first released in 1984, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks as well as on its Best Books of the Year list. A selection of the History Book...
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Overview

A handsome new paperback edition of the bestselling classic on America's response to the Nazi assault on European Jews.

The Abandonment of the Jews received enormous critical and commercial attention when it was first released in 1984, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks as well as on its Best Books of the Year list. A selection of the History Book Club and the Jewish Book Club, it has sold over 100,000 copies in its various editions.

In this landmark work, David S. Wyman argues that a substantial commitment to rescue European Jews on the part of the United States almost certainly could have saved several hundred thousand of the Nazis' victims. Widely considered to be the definitive book on the subject, The Abandonment of the Jews won the National Jewish Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Present Tense Literary Award, the Stuart Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Immigration History Society, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

This new paperback edition includes a new preface by the author discussing the ongoing controversy aroused by the book since its original publication.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
LJ's reviewer dubbed this "a comprehensive and well-written narrative on `America's response to the Nazi assault on European Jews.'" Though Wyman does place blame, he also explains why the country and its leaders responded as they did to the Final Solution. This edition contains a new afterword by the author. It remains one of the "best" titles on the subject. (LJ 10/1/84)
Book World Washington Post
"Never before has the evidence been marshaled so painstakingly, with such meticulous scholarship and to such effect."
Leonard Dinnerstein
"We will not see a better book on this subject in our lifetime." -- Journal of American History
New York Times Book Review
"Shocking, disturbing, and unforgettable ... [Wyman] subjects the American record during the Holocause to the closest scrutiny it has yet received."
Wall Street Journal
"A monumental volume: sweeping in its scope, stunning in its insight, and enduring in its importance... A damning indictment."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581747
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Pages: 458
  • Sales rank: 350,510
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Wyman is the author of Paper Walls: America and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941 and the editor of America and the Holocaust (thirteen volumes) and The World Reacts to the Holocaust. He holds honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College and Yeshiva University and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He lives in New York City.
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