In his acknowledgements, Kurtz calls this popular, illustrated narrative of American Jewish history ``an eccentric view of a sensitive subject.'' What is sensitive about it remains unclear, but eccentric the volume certainly is, for hero-worshipping volumes like this onelong on names and success stories, short on analysis, and fast and loose with the factshave for the most part been superseded by more carefully written works. Though there are some nice photographs and a few memorable lines, readers will be much better served by Allon Schoener's The American Jewish Album (LJ 1/83) or Morris Schappes's A Pictorial History ofthe Jews in the United States (1965). Jonathan D. Sarna, History Dept., Hebrew Union Coll.
Jewish Inst. of Religion, Cincinnati
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