The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement: The Compendium of a Culture, a People, and Their Stunning Performance

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In the wake of the enlightenment . . .the suddenness with which Jews began to appear and make a mark in numerous. . . areas . . . is nothing short of astounding. It seemed as if a huge reservoir of Jewish talent, hitherto dammed up behind the wall of Talmudic learning were suddenly released to spill over into all fields of Gentile cultural activity.
Raphael Patai, The Jewish Mind
Quite suddenly, around the year 1800, this ancient and highly efficient social machine for the production of intellectuals began to shift its output. Instead of pouring all of its products into the closed circuit of rabbinical studies, where they remained completely isolated from general society, it unleashed a significant and ever growing proportion of them into secular life. This was an event of shattering importance in world history
- Paul Johnson, History of the Jews
The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement chronicles the astonishing record of one people's disproportionate achivements and the causes behind it.
The stunning performance of Jews over the last 125 years can only be compared with that of the Italians during the Renaissance, the Greeks during the era of Pericles, or the Dutch during their own Golden Age.
The Golden Age details that record in more than 60 exhibits covering the range from Nobel prizes to Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame awards, from Pulitzer Prizes to chess champions, from philanthropy to Supreme Court Justices and more.
But more intriguing is the question, Why has this happened?(the question posed by Rabbi Harold N. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Through fascinating stories, such as Lev Leviev and the Soviet Jews (at the start of Chapter 20) and The Jazz Singer (at the start of Chapter 13) the book illustrates the life and circumstances of hundreds of remarkable Jews before drawing its perspective together in Chapter 25 - Why?
Timely, the book raises notions advanced by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and recent debates over Jewish genes as well as Charles Murray's 2007 Commentary article where he argued for natural selection.
The Golden Age makes the case for culture. It explains how the evolution of Judaism, coupled with a tortured 2,000 year history has shaped a unique combination of cultural values which have made Jews into the world's most successful tribe of Outliers.
For example, they were history's first tribe to mandate literacy for all of their people.
The book challenges natural selection, second generation immigrant status, and other theories which have been advanced over the years to explain the phenomenon. The Golden Age research is detailed in the extensive exhibits, end notes, bibliography and index containing more than 4,000 entries.
But it is the stories and the thought provoking analysis that makes The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement a compelling and much discussed read.

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A CEO specializing in turnarounds, a venture capitalist, and a community activist, Steve Pease has traveled much of the world in the course of heading up public and private companies as well as not-for-profit organizations.
Born and raised Presbyterian in Spokane, Washington, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington with a master s degree from Harvard Business School.
He currently serves as co-chairman of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law, and Chairman of The U.S. Russia Investment Fund. Both are nonprofit entities, organized by the United States government to work with Russians, encourage entrepreneurship, civil society, and the rule of law, while also improving the U.S. Russia relationship.
He is also active in the community affairs of the small wine-country town of Sonoma, California, where he lives with his wife, Joyce.

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Exhaustive examination of Jewish achievement over the past 200 years.
Pease, who is not Jewish, explains that from a young age he has had an interest in and empathy for the Jewish people, and that many of his friends and colleagues are Jewish. However, simple curiosity led him to ask how such a tiny group of people could have such a major impact upon culture and society. The more the author researched the role of Jews in the modern world, the more impressed he became.
Pease explains that in a room filled with a thousand people representing the diversity of the globe, only two would be Jewish. Nevertheless, Jewish achievements belie those statistics. From the number of Nobel Prize winners, to the percent of students on Ivy League campuses, to the notables on various Greatest 100 lists of historical figures, Jews have a consistently strong showing despite their otherwise small world presence.
Though the author discusses Jews throughout history, his real focus is on the period since the Jewish Emancipation dating back to the age of Napoleon. At this point, Pease argues, Jews began to have greater opportunities to contribute to national and global cultures.
The bulk of the book is dedicated to documenting individual and collective Jewish achievements, from Milton Friedman to Barbra Streisand and from the Six-Day War to real estate development.
The author finally provides an analysis of this data, concluding that Jewish culture, above any other factor, has contributed to such high achievement. Cultural focuses on family, education, autonomy, moderation and charity have all contributed.
Readers may wish Pease had delved deeper into what it means to be a Jew, both culturally and religiously, and the manner and extent to which some people profiled in his book actually considered themselves Jewish.
Still, this is an impressive tome.
An intriguing look at the modern history of an outstanding people. --Kirkus Discoveries

This is an exciting new encyclopedic book about the contributions of the Jewish people have made and continue to make to the development of the world.
The uniqueness of The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement: The Compendium of a Culture, a People, and Their Stunning Performanceby Steven L. Pease is its comprehensive approach to identifying how individual Jews have furthered a variety fields covering all aspects of life.
There is a Jewish belief that man was put on the earth to finish the creation of the world that God started and it is referred to as Tikun Ha-olam (making the world a better place).
The pages of this book provide examples of how the Jewish people have been striving to complete the creation of the world through their accomplishments and discoveries.
In reading The Golden Age one has a strong sense that many of the major advances in the world were due to the extraordinary efforts and talents of individual Jews who exceeded in their fields of endeavor. The spectrum of subject areas spans from science to education to economics to the performing arts to high-tech to social activists and union leaders to philanthropy, among many others. The book provides a picture of who the Jewish people are and how they have contributed in varied and unique ways to the development of the civilizations of the world. The examples and explanations Pease provides throughout the book focus on the past and present times.
The identification of Jews who excelled in their achievements is well documented, and one of the strongest aspects of the more than 600 pages is the charts and lists of people provided in the appendix s exhibits.
There are over 100 pages of exhibits that provide specific data on all the categories and provide information on all the recipients and winners of prizes and competitions. In addition to all of this information, the details are well documented in more than 50 pages of end notes.
In its entirety the book tells a fascinating story through the use of the statistical data. Page after page of the book offers the reader incredible insight into how a people that struggle for their very existence in dealing with political, as well as, violent anti-Semitism over millenniums are able to contribute to their specific countries, as well as, to the world.
Toward the end of the book Pease addresses two challenging questions. In the chapter entitled Why? he explores possible reasons for the accomplishments of this small group of people and he offers a number of explanations ranging from being God s chosen people to the status of being second-generation immigrants. Is there something in ascribing the talents to Jewish genes or is the general culture of this group of people that hails from an ancient wandering tribe thousands of years ago the reason they have excelled?
The best way to summarize this theme is found in the Book of Isaiah. . . Certainly the discoveries and contributions Pease documents demonstrate how the Jews have indeed brought light into the world.
However, having said all this and documented the outstanding achievements, accomplishments, developments and contributions Pease does not leave us without wondering about the future. He raises questions that demographers and sociologists have asked for more than a hundred years. Will the Jewish people continue to exist and to contribute to the development of the world as they have done for over thousands of years?
In conclusion I found the book to stimulating and thought provoking.. It is worth reading and should be shared with all those who want to know the answer to, Who are the Jews?
Stephen G. Donshik, D.S.W., is a lecturer at Hebrew University s International Leadership and Philanthropy --Jewish Philanthropy - July 23, 2011

This comprehensive examination (topping more than 600 pages) of Jewish accomplishment focuses on the period from Enlightenment on.
Remarkably, the author is not Jewish. But he admits to a life-long fascination with Jewish success in a variety of fields from academia to entertainment, where Jews are represented disproportionately to their numbers in the general population.
This essential reference for any Jewish library includes history, profiles, factual tables and thorough footnotes. Is the author (a Spokane native) displaying some bias by selecting Noam Chomsky as his representative social activist?
On the whole, though, the book is balanced and extremely informative. --JT News, Dana Brement, Nov 19, 2010

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