Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History

Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History

by Rich Cohen

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Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History by Rich Cohen

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLER

In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it, taking what had been a national religion and turning it into an idea. Whenever a Jew studied—wherever he was—he would be in the holy city, and his faith preserved. But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into a temple, and unlike an idea, a temple can be destroyed. With exuberance, humor, and real scholarship, Israel is Real offers "a serious attempt by a gifted storyteller to enliven and elucidate Jewish religious, cultural, and political history . . . A powerful narrative" (Los Angeles Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312429768
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,325,848
Product dimensions: 8.32(w) x 5.68(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

RICH COHEN is the author of Sweet and Low (FSG, 2006), Tough Jews, The Avengers, The Record Men, and the memoir Lake Effect. His work has appeared in many major publications, and he is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He lives with his family in Connecticut.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 30, 1968

Place of Birth:

Lake Forest, Illinois

Education:

B.A., Tulane University, 1990

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