Examines the life of the Austrian journalist who became the founder of the modern Zionist movement
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Norman H. Finkelstein, a former school librarian, is the author of eighteen highly acclaimed nonfiction books. Two of his books won National Jewish Book Awards; another, the Golden Kite Honor Book Award for Nonfiction. One reviewer wrote that he "tells a fascinating story, and if it sounds like fiction sometimes, it's a tribute to his storytelling power"From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-9 Characterizing Herzl as a driven visionary who gave his life to his dream of a Jewish homeland, Finkelstein presents young readers with a portrait of a man they won't soon forget. The author shows how this young and talented journalist and playwright, raised by assimilated Hungarian-Jewish parents, became a fervent Zionist as he witnessed savage Russian pogroms, pervasive Austrian anti-Semitism, and the Dreyfuss Affair in France. Finkelstein clearly documents Herzl's arduous up-and-down struggle to convince the world of the need for a Jewish state and the toll exacted on his family and his own energies. Relying on primary sources and an acute sense of the historical forces which influenced Herzl, the author focuses on the ideas that he gave to the Zionist movement and on the grand diplomacy and political maneuvering to which he devoted his life. Herzl's unfulfilled family life is only sketchily drawn, although valuable black-and-white photographs of his childhood and family fill in some of the gaps. The book sheds valuable light on a man whose short, eventful life set into motion forces which helped create and shape the state of Israel. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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