A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism

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A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism (432 pages) is an accessible history of antisemitism. This book masterfully communicates the magnitude of this hatred over the centuries and reveals why so many people in so many places have found antisemitism a most “convenient hatred.”

The book chronicles the evolution of antisemitism through powerful stories that allow readers to see themselves in "the tarnished mirror of history." It also provides insights into universal aspects of human behavior, particularly the power of ideas—even mistaken ideas—to shape thought, judgment, and ultimately behavior. The book closes with an important chapter on antisemitism today. That chapter considers the newest justifications for antisemitism—including Holocaust denial and the use of traditional antisemitic libels to demonize both the state of Israel and Jews in general. In addition, the chapter confronts the challenges of learning from this uncomfortable history.

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism is an authoritative new resource that will help readers of all backgrounds explore the roots of this ancient hatred, better understand the present, and help change the future.

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