Studies and analyzes the changes and other developments in the American Jewish community, its organizations and leadership, as it reacted to the Holocaust and the establishment of an independent state of Israel.
I find in the book information on a crucial period of Jewish life and exciting material that has not been published elsewhere. Although Mr. Lesser defines the book as a 'personal record, ' it is more than that. It is also a treatise that includes objective analysis of trends and organizations in the Jewish community that go beyond the years which the book covers. Further, though the title implies that the book deals only with Israel, what it reveals about the American Jewish community is, just as important, and comprehensive. I am pleased to recommend it enthusiastically.--Benjamin M. Kahn, Director, Jewish Studies Program, The American University "American Jewish Archives Journal "