The Elected and the Chosen

The Elected and the Chosen

by Denis Brian
     
 

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The Elected and the Chosen: Why American Presidents Have Supported Jews and Israel This book reveals how and why, almost without exception, American presidents sought to protect Jews at home and abroad from their often deadly enemies. It explains why American presidents have admired and befriended Jews, appointed them to powerful positions, and eventually

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The Elected and the Chosen: Why American Presidents Have Supported Jews and Israel This book reveals how and why, almost without exception, American presidents sought to protect Jews at home and abroad from their often deadly enemies. It explains why American presidents have admired and befriended Jews, appointed them to powerful positions, and eventually helped them achieve their greatest dream: a return to the country of their forebears and the establishment of a Jewish state in which they were masters of their destiny. Based on once-secret documents and little-known diaries, The Elected and the Chosen discloses, for the first time, the close ties that have bound American presidents and the Jews from the dawn of American history.

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The notion that every American president has supported Jews and Israel will not ring true with all American Jews. But Brian goes back to the country's founding, when the financial support of Jewish colonist Haym Solomon "saved the newly created United States from financial disaster" to probe America's continuing commitment to Israel's security, and the personal relationships of U.S. presidents with American Jews, Zionists, and Israeli leaders. Prolific biographer Brian (Joseph Pulitzer: A Life) tracks the U.S.'s protection of "the chosen" people in Israel and elsewhere, and the varying motives of "the elected". In doing so, tension between presidents' public stances and private attitudes on Israeli politics is conveyed to occasionally shocking effect, exemplified by President Nixon, whose Oval Office tapes revealed his anti-Semitism yet who made larger commitments of military aid to Israel than any of his predecessors. The book's president-by-president narrative is formulaic, and Brian indiscriminately mentions every Jew ever appointed to government (Madeleine Albright, after all, wasn't even aware of her Jewish heritage when Clinton named her secretary of state). The most value in the book is explaining how the U.S.'s support of the creation and security of Israel is related to the founding principles of the country, the colonists desire for religious freedom Agent: Phyllis Westberg, Harold Ober Associates.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789652295989
Publisher:
Gefen Publishing House
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Denis Brian is the author of seventeen published books as well as numerous plays. His works include Einstein: A Life; Joseph Pulitzer: A Life; The Seven Lives of Colonel Patterson: How an Irish Lion Hunter Led the Jewish Legion to Victory; and Genius Talk: Conversations With Nobel Laureates and Other Luminaries. He lives in the United States with his wife, Martine.

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