Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews

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In the last of Stephen Birmingham’s historical trilogy, he spotlights the successes of Eastern European Jews, from Samuel Goldwyn to Helena Rubinstein and Irving Berlin, and what each individual brought to that changing early-century American landscape.
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Originally published in 1985 by Berkley Publications. Birmingham has written over 25 works of fiction and non-fiction, and this book is the last in an historical trilogy about American Jews. It covers American Judaism from the massive immigrations of Eastern European Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to contemporary issues. It is, in general, a story of success and prospering against all odds, including poverty and racism, which focuses on several highly successful immigrants, such as Samuel Goldwyn, Benny (Bugsy) Siegel, Helena Rubenstein, and Irving Berlin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606147
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Modern Jewish History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 482,725
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Birmingham has written more than twenty-five works of fiction and nonfiction including best-selling books such as Our Crowd, The Aurbach Will, and The Rothman Scandal. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Beginnings: 1880-1919
1 Uptown Firebrand 3
2 Why They Came 33
3 A Jewish Cinderella 51
4 An Occupation for Gentlemen 77
5 Heroes and Heroines 97
Pt. 2 Getting Out: 1920-1950
6 The Jewish Lake and Other Creations 145
7 Fitting In 165
8 Minstrels and Minstrelsy 181
9 High Rollers 195
10 Little Caesars 221
11 Deals 241
12 War 255
13 At Last, a Homeland 277
14 Touches of Class 291
15 All That Money Can Buy 309
Pt. 3 Here We Are: 1951-
16 Crown Princes 327
17 Witch-Hunting 343
18 "People Who Are Solid" 353
19 From Poland to Polo 371
Acknowledgments 385
Source Notes 387
Selected Bibliography 399
Index 401
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