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Richard WalkerRichard Walker, University of California, Berkeley, author of The Conquest of Bread
A terrific read, part history, part detective story, part confessional. Platt has done a marvelous job of sleuthing, from the sanctuaries of famous museums and libraries to the battlefields of World War II. Bloodlines is a revelation on several fronts: California’s sordid history of eugenics, the construction of Nazi Germany’s racial laws on the road to the extermination camps, and the compromised character of one of America’s greatest generals. It is a tale of two cities - Los Angeles and Nuremberg - that proves once again that the most intensely local events can touch the heart of distant places. And it is a transcendent journey of personal discovery about what it means to be an immigrant and a Jew in America’s promised land.