Spanning 350 years of Jewish experience in this country, A History of the Jews in America is an essential chronicle by the author of The Course of Modern Jewish History.
With impressive scholarship and a riveting sense of detail, Howard M. Sachar tells the stories of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of aristocrats and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. At the same time, he elucidates the grand themes of the Jewish encounter with America, from the bigotry of a Christian majority to the tensions among Jews of different origins and beliefs, and from the struggle for acceptance to the ambivalence of assimilation.
"Imbued with comprehensive scholarship and ripe understanding...governed throughout by a judicious temperament ...[this is a] massive, magisterial history."
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Dense and absorbing... not only good history but a contribution to the current debate over American-Israeli relations."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"I have been teaching American history for thirty-eight years, but I was frankly astonished by much of the information contained in Howard Sachar's monumental volume."
-- David Brion Davis, The New Republic
"Sachar is attentive to social, economic, and political history...A deep and fascinating study."
-- Washington Post Book World