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Jewish Leaders Book Club

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Jewish Leaders Book Club

$215.00 (You save 31% off the cover price!)

The Jewish Leaders Book Club includes the lives of groundbreaking and often controversial visionaries from antiquity through the modern era.

January

David: The Divided Heart
By David Wolpe

“Vibrant and nuanced” —The Jewish Week
A reexamination of the biblical David, legendary warrior, poet, and king, by one of America’s most respected rabbis

February

Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
By Anita Shapira

“A beautiful portrayal” —Shimon Peres, President of Israel (2007-2014)
An insightful study of the inner life of the Zionist leader responsible for the creation of the state of Israel

March

Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life
By Vivian Gornick

“Gripping” —The Boston Globe
The story of a modern radical who took seriously the idea that inner liberation is the first business of social revolution.

April

Moses: A Human Life
By Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

“A rich, erudite study” —Kirkus Review, Starred Review
An unprecedented portrait of Moses's inner world by the distinguished biblical scholar

May

Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet
By Jeffrey Rosen

"An ideal introduction to Brandeis’ life” —Booklist, Starred Review
A riveting new examination of the leading progressive justice of his era, published in the centennial year of his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

June

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
By Lillian Faderman

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
A lively and engaging biography of the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, a man fiercely committed to protecting all minorities

July

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman
By Itamar Rabinovich

“[A] fresh perspective” —Kirkus Reviews
An insider’s perspective on the life and influence of Israel’s first native-born prime minister, his bold peace initiatives, and his tragic assassination

August

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life
By Joshua Rubenstein

“Exemplary” —The Jewish Advocate
A preeminent revolutionary figure and a masterful writer, Trotsky led an upheaval that helped to define the contours of twentieth-century politics

September

Moshe Dayan: Israel’s Controversial Hero
By Mordechai Bar-On

“Incisive, elegantly written” —The Washington Times
Instantly recognizable with his iconic eye patch, Dayan was one of Israel's most charismatic—and controversial—personalities

October

Disraeli: The Novel Politician
By David Cesarani

“Superb” —The Wall Street Journal
A fresh, vivid look at Disraeli's life, achievements, and temperament that casts doubts on his much-touted commitment to Jewish rights

November

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist
By Pierre Birnbaum

“Illuminating” —Foreign Affairs
A new appreciation of the extraordinary life and legacy of Léon Blum, the first Jewish prime minister of France

December

Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom
By Steven Weitzman

“Engrossing, elegant, and erudite” —The Jewish Daily Forward
An insightful meditation on the Solomonic desire to know all of life's secrets, and on the role of this desire in world history.