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Lawyer and columnist Dershowitz, author of Reversal of Fortune looks back over his life experiences, specific cases, and historic causes to reflect on his generation of Jews in the US - the changes they've seen, the changes they've created and the changes that must still take place.
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published 1991 by Little Brown and Company
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Irving Koppel
Feb 07, 2010 Irving Koppel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jewish persons as well as non-Jews
Recommended to Irving by: No one.
"Chutzpah" by Alan Dershowitz

The definition of chutzpah is something like hubris or extreme arrogance.What Mr.Dershowitz is urging on his co-religionists is to
assert themselves as first-class cititzens,rather than accepting a role
as a second-class minority.

The author points out that because of the uniqueness of America in
not having an established religion,the Jewish people for the first time
in 2,000 years should avail themselves of the opportunity to participate
as full-fledged citizens.

He t
I picked up this book at a library used book sale, not expecting much. It was quite a tour d'force, describing the development of the Jewish community in the New York area, and its place in academia. He posits that he is a left-wing liberal but frankly I'm not so sure. I think he's really almost as "conservative" as Norman Podhoretz but like me is uncomfortable admitting that.
Ian Sirota
Jul 14, 2012 Ian Sirota rated it really liked it
Alan Dershowitz, maybe better than any other author, "gets" the American Jewish experience. If you want a great insight into that experience, read this book.
Nancy chavenson
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What the undercurrents were to be in jewish Academia at Ivy league Schools (Harvard)during the 70's.Harvard years ago did not accept Jews. Also about expressing your judaism in the workplace and world at large, when historically Jews tried to conceal their identity.
May 21, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
I found this book very interesting. It really gave me a new outlook on being Jewish in America, as well as a new outlook on Israel. Although the book was written in 1991, Dershowitz was right in his prediction for the Middle East. I will definitely look for other books by him.
After sticking with it for 200 pages, I could not finish this book. Dershowitz's overbearing ego filled every page and his arguments were often skewed to show why he was always right and everyone else was always wrong.
Dec 08, 2008 Lesley rated it liked it
Truth in advertising.
Jan 06, 2008 Tomrob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dershowitz tends to be pompous.
Joshua Norman
Jul 06, 2015 Joshua Norman rated it really liked it
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Good autobiographical account of his life and how being Jewish impacted his life, though he could have been more sympathetic in discussing Rabbi Meir Kahane
Aug 08, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that wants to read something different and LEARN.
Recommended to Lisa by: My Dad
This book is great. Very well-written. Sad at times, hilarious in others, but you definitely get taken along for the ride.
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Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is known for his career as an attorney in several high-profile law cases and commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He has spent most of his career at Harvard, where, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor in its history, until No
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