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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-eighth book, The Quran Speaks - Revised Edition by Bahis Sedq.
“The Quran Speaks is a hugely important book by a scholar of Islam who is, to my mind, the most sophisticated of all the dissidents in the Muslim world. The tragedy is that he has to publish under a pseudonym. He could be the Muslim Luther, if there were only a way to keep him safe.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“The Quran Speaks is an important work of scholarship that holds deep implications for Islam.” Foreword Reviews (5-star review)
“Sedq uses many different translations of the Quran to present the material as clearly and sensibly as possible. ... Bottom line: This is an intriguing, engaging look at a religion still misunderstood by many in the West. ... It is bound to provoke heated debate.” BlueInk Review
“A searching look at the teachings of the Quran. ... Sedq takes up several common assertions about the Quran and subjects them to a scholarly, thorough, and often refreshingly cant-free contemporary analysis that takes modern social norms and literary scholarship into account. ... Sedq offers an interpretative look at the Quran that curious minds of all faiths will find fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews
The author has chosen to write under a pen name, Seeker of the Truth, but remains optimistic of disclosing his identity in the future. He does not doubt that a vast majority of Muslims would allow him to express the views noted in this book, which are founded on the Quran.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-seventh book, Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth by Albert Norton Jr.
You may be asking yourself why the world is so crazy. We seem to have lost the ability to agree on fundamental truths. Everyone seems to be running toward something, but could it be that we are running away from something greater? In Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth, Albert Norton makes the case that confronting the reality of God in the postmodern world is a dangerous proposition. Dangerous to our most cherished notions of reality. Dangerous to our comfortable worldview and how we see ourselves. To find out why this postmodern turn has come to pass, Norton insists we must ask ourselves Pilate’s age-old question: What is truth?
It could be that in the postmodern age we don’t merely disagree about whether something is true, but that we disagree about how truth and values are formed in the first place. To begin to understand this, we really must start with how we think and form value judgments in general. We share an orientation to objective truth, in our thinking, and we build on rational processes of binary differentiation. This should lead us to an objective and real hierarchy of ideals, rather than a subjective or socially-produced narrative.
To understand this, a history of truth formation is presented, distinguishing the medieval to modern periods, and then the modern to postmodern, highlighting the thinking of Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, William James, and John Dewey, among many others. This leads to a discussion of truth at the hands of postmodernists such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty. The purpose is to trace the intellectual movements shaping the determination of truth and values, from individualism to collectivism, correspondence theory to pragmatism, anxiety about meaning as expressed in existentialism, and Marxism re-worked for cultural application—the “woke” movement.
The author concludes: Truth exists as a real and extant feature of the universe. It is objective and unchanging and “out there.” It resides in and emanates from and is personified in God, the ideal of the ideals; the pinnacle of the hierarchy of values that we perceive, rather than create.
This is a refreshing reassertion of the unanswerability of the God argument without unnecessary elaboration or extravagant claims, and a learned but never recondite reminder that it is not so difficult to be sensible and morally confident without being unphilosophical or hidebound: an informative, often delightful read.
—Conrad Black, author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, A President Like No Other: Donald J. Trump and the Restoring of America, and Flight of the Eagle, a Strategic History of the United States.
In Dangerous God, Albert Norton has written an essential philosophical defense of transcendence. In clear and accessible language, Norton logically and methodically demonstrates the reality of transcendent being and in the process undertakes a full-scale demolition of modern and postmodern epistemologies, including reductionist materialism and the ontological denialism of postmodernism. In the process, he shows how collectivism and the denial of God go hand in hand as collectivism serves a means for the individual to hide from the greatest challenge one can possibly face: the confrontation with the divine transcendent.
—Michael Rectenwald, author of Springtime for Snowflakes, Beyond Woke, and Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom.
Whatever your philosophical or religious standpoint, Mr. Norton is sure to challenge it in a constructive and thought-provoking way. His dissection of our current philosophical impasse and its consequences is forthright and illuminating.
—Theodore Dalrymple, author of The Terror of Existence, Threats of Pain and Ruin, and Grief and Other Stories.
ALBERT NORTON, JR. is a writer and attorney working in the American South. He is author of Dangerous God: A Defense of Transcendent Truth (2021) concerning formation of truth and values in a postmodern age; and Intuition of Significance, a 2020 work weighing the merits of theism against materialism. He is also the author of several award-winning short stories, and two novels: Another Like Me (2015) and Rough Water Baptism (2017), on themes of navigating reality in a post-Christian world.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-sixth book, Thought Criminal, by Michael Rectenwald.
A distinguished Professor of AI-neuroscience and Theory of Mind, Cayce Varin has dissident thoughts. He differs from acceptable opinion on matters of grave importance to respectable Human Biologicals and the Federation of Pandemos, the global state. Upon confessing his divergent theories to a Graduate Student Assistant, his life is never the same. He is labeled a Thought Deviationist, among other damning designations. He is arrested by a Robot Police Agent and soon released but remains a covert Thought Deviationist living under the constant fear of future arrest, the treachery of friends, and the loss of his identity.
For Varin and a small cadre of Thought Deviationists, the ultimate threat is posed by Collective Mind-the vast centralized database and processing complex with apparent knowledge of everything, possibly even one's innermost thoughts. Varin and fellow Thought Deviationists believe that the Federation deliberately propagates a virus to keep Human Biologicals connected to Collective Mind. Submission to the virus spells the obliteration of the self. Resistance to the virus, made possible by taking the addictive drug Eraserall, means living as a fugitive of the law and being forever hunted by Robot Police Agents to be taken in for "treatment."
Finally, it appears that the only solution is to infiltrate Essential Data, Collective Mind's main data and processing center. The risks are great, and the gambit may be impossible. But Varin's future, the future of Thought Deviationists, and the future of the individual itself, depend on the mission's success.
Michael Rectenwald has written a thought experiment for our time, the 1984 of the COVID era, where we can step back and view today's America for what it is: a society infected not by a virus but by collective hysteria. The Thought Criminal explores the meaning of individualism in an increasingly collectivist society, where our thoughts are not our thoughts but those infused in us by the media and the Collective Mind, and the very notion of free will becomes a distant memory. This is fiction that makes us think and makes us dream.
--Kenneth R. Timmerman, NY Times best-selling author of The Election Heist and other books
Both an allegory for our present collectivist times and a vision of the future, The Thought Criminal draws you in irresistibly from the first pages, immersing you in a thrilling and disturbing adventure.
--Janice Fiamengo, retired Professor of English, University of Ottawa
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-fifth book, Requiem for a Female Serial Killer by Phyllis Chesler.
Aileen Wuornos—female serial killer? Feminist folk-hero? A broken woman betrayed her entire life by a system that should have protected her? Perhaps all of the above, in one volatile package. In this amazing book, Phyllis Chesler takes you on a mind-bending journey through a story you thought you knew. Chesler sets out to write a book to make you question everything and succeeds.
—Gregg Olsen, author, If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
This book is a tour de force. It is both an imagined interpretation of the crimes of Aileen Wuornos, the female 'serial killer,' and a description of the way that feminists in the US responded to her trial and execution. Chesler provides a fascinating and complex analysis. This book is a powerful account of the terrible harms of prostitution and violence against women.
—Dr. Sheila Jeffreys, author, The Idea of Prostitution
If you love true crime thrillers, as I do, you must read Requiem with its feminist psychological twist. You won’t be able to put it down. Chesler, an eminent psychologist, gets inside the mind of a unique female serial killer. FBI profilers should be ordering their copies right now. This is a behind-the-scenes account which is very smart. Anyone who cares about life and death, madness, justice (or the lack of it) and riveting trials in an American courtroom, about the death penalty, and about rape trauma and the right to self-defense will be amazed and captivated by this never-before ventured analysis.
—Alan Dershowitz, author, Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo
Phyllis Chesler’s nineteenth book is not only compelling, it is gripping in detail, a graphic read that explores issues of prostitution and rape. In these days, when it is hard to be shocked, Chesler alarms and disturbs. It’s a must read.
—Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author, Infidel
Chesler's astute analysis, elegantly fused with graphic scenes and the harsh vernacular of true crime, make this an artful and essential book.
—Vicki Hendricks, author, Miami Purity
This is a unique book by a brilliant and internationally respected author. On the surface, it is an absorbing tale of rape, child-abuse, multiple murders, abuse, depravity, and a rare female victim who defiantly fought back. But at a deeper and more important level, it is the best published account in years of the tragic, ugly, and actual lives of women who must sell sex in order to survive.
—Dr. Robert Brannon, Co-Founder, National Organization for Men Against Sexism
This psychological crime thriller takes us inside the mind of a unique female serial killer, a prostitute who murdered seven adult men—a case with which the author was intimately involved. The issues raised by this high-profile criminal case remain unresolved to this day. Women, even prostitutes, have the right to self-defense in theory, but in practice, the story is more complicated.
This book will challenge everything you ever thought about prostitutes, serial killers, and justice in America.
Aileen Wuornos is a damaged soul, a genuine American outlaw, a symbol of women's rage, a symbol of what can happen to severely abused children, and of how our justice system fails women.
Chesler's involvement with a serial killer has haunted her ever since. She speaks in Aileen Wuornos' voice, as well as in her own, and delivers an incisive, original, and dramatic portrait of a cognitively impaired, traumatized, and alcoholic woman who had endured so much pain in her short life. When she'd had enough, the results were deadly.
This is a poignant, sometimes humorous, never-before-told behind-the-scenes tale. Wuornos' story is handled with great sensitivity, but also with realistic detachment by Chesler as she probes the telling moment, the telling phrase. Was Wuornos suffering from post-traumatic stress after a life lived on a "killing field?" Was she also "born evil?" So many prostitutes have been torture-murdered by serial killers—how did Wuornos, once prey, become a predator?
Requiem for a Female Serial Killer will also haunt you. It won’t let you put it down.
Take a walk on the wild side. The ghost of Aileen Wuornos beckons.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-fourth book, Whose Holy Land? Archaeology Meets Geopolitics in Today's Middle East by Kenneth L. Hanson.
Biblical Archaeology is more than just an obscure field for academics. It’s a modern mine field, with implications that may well determine the course of future events for the Middle East and the entire world. Ancient artifacts are more than just museum pieces—they’re the storytellers, witnesses to the truth of who lived in this ancient land and when. Archaeology is ultimately about history, and history is the raison d’être for Jews living in this land at all.
Whose Holy Land? gathers archaeological evidence for the Jewish presence in Jerusalem and environs extending back into the Bronze Age during the twentieth century B.C.E. The Canaanites have of course disappeared, as has the entire lineage of the ancient Romans and Byzantines. There are no Egyptians (only Arab tribes who conquered the land of the pharaohs), no Babylonians, no Assyrians, no Edomites, Hittites or Amalekites; and the list goes on. Of all ancient peoples, only the Jews have survived. Yet, it is precisely the Jews who are said to be squatters on Arab land.
History tells us that those who identify as modern “Palestinians” are in fact the remnants of sundry Arab tribes living under the Ottoman Turks, who lost the land to the British in 1917. The Ottomans took it from the Mamluks, who took it from the Ayyubids, who took it from the Crusaders, who took it from the Seljuks, who took it from the Fatimids, who took it from the Abbasids, who took it from the Byzantines and Romans, who took it from the Jews. This is exactly what the archaeological record also reveals. It’s time to take a fresh look at the modern implications of the science of archaeology.
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This is a testament to the vitality of Israelite archaeology which is sound in scholarship and particularly appealing to general readers.
—Zev Garber, Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA.
For supporters of both archaeology and Israel this volume is a must-read.
—Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman, Dillon, Colorado / Charlottesville, Virginia
Professor Hanson has a unique gift for making history and archaeology accessible and meaningful.
—Rabbi Sanford Olshansky, Adjunct Professor, University of Central Florida
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-third book, Beyond Woke, by Michael Rectenwald.
The definitive explainer of the twenty-first century’s cancerous cult of woke.
— Milo Yiannopoulos, author of Dangerous.
What you hold in your hand is a rare specimen indeed: the work of someone honest enough to rethink his entire ideology late in his career, when he stood to gain nothing by it. But in Beyond Woke we readers gain plenty: as a former academic leftist himself, Rectenwald knows the whole racket inside and out, and in this book he lays it bare in all its absurdity. If you thought you knew all about this, think again. You need to read Rectenwald.
—Tom Woods, senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show.
Michael Rectenwald writes about woke mania with clarity and with a former insider's deep knowledge of its intellectual roots, ideological assumptions, and corporate methods. He has produced an essential, enjoyable guide to the new collectivism.
—Janice Fiamengo, retired Professor of English, University of Ottawa, Canada.
A few short years ago, Michael Rectenwald was a Marxist professor at NYU, pursuing his career and contemplating becoming a Trotskyist, when the political climate on campus – victimology, cancel-culture, no-platforming, and political correctness run-amok – began to bother him. He responded by creating a Twitter handle, @AntiPCNYUProf (now @TheAntiPCProf), and began bashing campus excesses with humor and biting satire. Predictably, he was soon discovered and pushed out of his job.
Rectenwald struck back by publishing Springtime for Snowflakes, a memoir of his experiences in academia, which included criticism and analyses of the leftism now dominating campus culture. He followed that book with Google Archipelago, which delves into the seeming enigma of why big business embraces far-left politics – hint: self-interest is involved – and the rapid growth of consumer/citizen surveillance. The foundation for a robust leftist totalitarianism is being carefully laid.
With this new volume, Rectenwald returns with his characteristic sharp wit and incisive analysis and continues to fine tune his critique of modern leftism. He brings his unique perspective as an ex-Marxist and civil libertarian to bear on leftist culture, with its abandonment of traditional morality and emphasis on collective social identities -- which are ironically increasingly atomized, as overwhelming centrifugal forces break up any previously stable social cohesion.
The revolution is here and it’s winning. Find out why, and how to combat it. Get Beyond Woke.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-second book,The Ladies' Secret Society: History of the Courageous Women of Iran by Manda Zand Ervin.
Trying to make sense of current events in Iran? Think you know the history of the people of Iran? This book — The Ladies’ Secret Society — is the book you must read. And its author, Manda Zand Ervin, is the best guide you could find. Ms. Ervin’s perspective as a pre-revolution child of Iran and a successful young professional who fled the 1979 Iranian Revolution, at her father’s behest—to save her life—gives her credibility as the book’s narrator and serves as a powerful vehicle for telling the story of the courageous women of Iran’s long history and current events. You will fall in love with these brave women of Iran, and your heart will cry for a future in which their daughters can know freedom and joy.
—Asra Q. Nomani, former Wall Street Journal reporter, Georgetown University professor, and author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Manda Ervin’s new book is a cry of the heart on behalf of Iranian women who were among the first victims of the Islamic Revolution and are now in the forefront of the struggle to take their country back and resume its historic path to freedom and democracy. Manda was a star in the first generation of Iranian woman journalists, trail-blazers who defied centuries-old socio-cultural hang-ups to push gender equality to the top of national priorities in the 1960s and 1970s. As both historic testimony and a good read, Ms. Ervin’s book is certain to help with a greater understanding of what many, including some Iranians, regards as the Persian puzzle.
—Amir Taheri, author of The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution
During the Iranian Islamic revolution, Manda witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal who was murdered because she was a woman and the Secretary of Education. She bore witness as her homeland pushed backward to crude 7th century Arabian standards. And she witnessed the effect. Having been educated in the United States, in 1979, she was the managing director of department of statistics and international affairs at the Customs Administration in Iran. She came to United States as a political refugee in 1980, became a citizen three years later, and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women, a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran. Ms. Ervin is frequently consulted by Members of Congress and has testified in Congressional briefings, the Helsinki Commission, and the United Nations. In February of 2008, Ervin was appointed as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. Ervin was the featured speaker at the G8 Summit on Violence against Women in 2009. She received the EMET Speaker of the Truth award in 2012. Ervin has been published by the Hudson Institute, American Thinker, Washington Times and many others. She frequently speaks on human rights and Middle East history.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirty-first book, The Truth is No Defense by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff:
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is a woman caught up in extraordinary times. She has been hectored, vilified, persecuted and prosecuted for the grave offense of telling the truth about Mohammed and his “marriage” to a very young child as related in Islamic sacred literature. Her case has exposed the grave danger to freedom of speech (and thus, freedom of thought itself) in Europe. She fought bravely in the legal arena through the Austrian courts and on to the European Court of Human Rights to defend her freedom (and by extension the rights of all Europeans), to freely voice her opinion. She lost.
In Europe, human rights are no longer thought to be intrinsic to the individual as a gift given by God, but are rather thought to be a gift of the state, which can be limited or revoked at will.
This is a dangerous development and it could be coming to America.
Her book serves as a warning call.
“The persecution and prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is an indication of the deep crisis Europe faces today, thanks to its own leaders. This is what totalitarianism looks like.”
— Robert Spencer, author of the bestsellers The History of Jihad and The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.
“A brave champion of liberty in Europe, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has felt the full weight State prosecution for the “crime” of telling the truth.”
— Clare M. Lopez, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C. think tank focused on national security issues.
“Sabaditsch-Wolff’s loss [at the ECtHR] is Europe’s defeat.”
— Stephen C. Coughlin, attorney, decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, ideology and associated issues as they relate to terrorism and subversion.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirtieth book, Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom by Michael Rectenwwald.
Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom begins with familiar cultural politics as points of entry to the book's theme regarding the reach, penetration, and soon the ubiquity of the digital world. In a book about enormous sea changes brought about by digital technology, Google Archipelago begins and ends with the political, in particular with the objectives of the Big Digital conglomerates as global corporate monopoly capitalists or would-be-monopolies.
Google Archipelago argues that Big Digital technologies and their principals represent not only economic powerhouses but also new forms of governmental power. The technologies of Big Digital not only amplify, extend, and lend precision to the powers of the state, they may represent elements of a new corporate state power.
When I read Springtime for Snowflakes and interviewed Michael Rectenwald, I recognized an extremely well-versed insider, a vital source confirming long-standing suspicions while deepening our understanding regarding the hijacking of American higher education by leftist indoctrination. An accomplishment in itself, Michael’s analysis has taken a quantum leap in Google Archipelago, tracing leftist ideology to almost all quarters of society, including corporate America and particularly Big Tech, the leading edge of wokeness. With meticulous sourcing and literary eloquence, Rectenwald makes a compelling case that Big Digital represents a leftist authoritarianism, providing appendages for state control of populations, if not representing the makings of a new corporate state itself. Here, Rectenwald establishes himself as an innovative and important public intellectual whose original insights we would ignore at our peril.
—Glenn Beck, political commentator, radio host and television producer
Professor Rectenwald's insightful and illuminating book shows how and why Big Digital monopolies becomes ever more dictatorial as they select and control information and thus shape our thoughts and culture. "The Google Archipelago exhibits blatant double standards, egregious bias, politically motivated designations of 'fake news, ' and tilted search engine algorithms," all manifestations of ingrained authoritarian leftism. While totalitarian Marxism failed as state organization, it has succeeded as the Google Archipelago which systematically imposes "globalist, identity-politics, gender-pluralist, transgender, anti-toxic-masculinist, anti-cisgender, anti-family, anti-nativist, anti-conventionalist, and anti-traditionalist leftism," blocking people and ideas that do not conform, making non-persons and non-facts of them. The ever expanding Big Digital acts governmentally, but its subjects have no rights, and no alternatives. Rectenwald shows how we are being carried along to our fate as prisoners of Google Marxism, or totalitarian corporate socialism, which is arriving as a fait accompli with no votes from us and no means to dissent. Don't say you haven't been warned.
-- Philip Carl Salzman, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, McGill University
This book lives up to its provocative title, illustrating how "Google Marxism" not only tyrannizes over what we can say but even controls how we think and what we can know. In a theoretically-informed and meticulously-documented analysis, Rectenwald offers an unsettling vision of a totalitarian digital future.
-- Janice Fiamengo, Professor of English, University of Ottawa, author of Sons of Feminism: Men Have Their Say
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty ninth book, No One Likes Us, We Don't Care: a UKIP Brexit Memoir by Paul Oakley.
The hilarious tale of the UK Independence Party's journey from rags to riches and back again from a front-line activist.
Paul Oakley had five minutes of fame at a Young Conservative conference when he ripped up a copy of the Maastricht Treaty at the end of his speech attacking John Major s European policy. He stood for the Tories in the 2005 general election but failed to lie convincingly enough to be added to the A list of candidates when David Cameron became party leader. So in 2011 he renounced his Tory membership in a fit of pique and joined UKIP.
Although second-placed candidate on the UKIP London MEP list in 2014, his Brussels posting was thwarted. If the two counterfeit UKIP parties and backfolded ballot papers weren't enough there was a killer blow. A false allegation of sexual assault by a homeless Bulgarian was made against his right-hand man which hit a tabloid front page on polling day.
Commiserated by the party with the post of London regional enforcer, he then had to deal with all sorts of members' escapades, not least those of loose cannons Winston McKenzie and Islamosceptic Anne Marie Waters.
Paul Oakley plotted with Nigel Farage and Arron Banks to knit a net for UKIP MP Douglas Carswell but that spoilsport left the party just before this net was cast and so cheated the hangman. Having cleverly wangled his way to take over as candidate for Carswell's Clacton seat, Oakley performed abysmally there in the 2017 general election and failed to be elected. Again.
Consoled once more with the post of General Secretary which dealt with a higher calibre of misdemeanours, Oakley took on the solemn task of knifing then-leader Henry Bolton and forcing him from office.
Paul Oakley is a firm supporter of new leader Gerard Batten who saved UKIP from bankruptcy in the face of a repugnant legal case and has increased membership by 50%. Yet he remains unconvinced of two things. Firstly, that Gerard's advisor Tommy Robinson is the pantomime villain he is portrayed to be by the mainstream media. Secondly, that Banging On About Islam is wise at a time when all the forces of the establishment are conspiring to betray Brexit.
And if Brexit is betrayed both Oakley and UKIP itself pledge that British politics will thereafter become Emotional .
This personal history from a populist insider also covers the adventures of David Kurten, Peter Whittle, Steve Woolfe, Suzanne Evans, Paul Nuttall and all the others you've forgotten about.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty eighth book, The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd by Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis.
The cultural death of God has created a conundrum for intellectuals. How could a life stripped of ultimate meaning be anything but absurd? How was man to live? How could he find direction in a world of no direction? What would he tell his children that could make their lives worthwhile? What is the ground of morality?
Existentialism is the literary cri de coeur resulting from the realization that without God, everything good, true and beautiful in human life is destined to be destroyed in a pitiless material cosmos. Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis examine the main existentialist works, from Ecclesiastes to the Theatre of the Absurd, each man coming from a different perspective. Francis is a believer, Dalrymple is not, but both empathize with the struggle to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe.
Part literary criticism, part philosophical exploration, this book holds many surprising gems of insight from two of the most interesting minds of our time.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty eighth book, Jews Make the Best Demons:'Palestine' and the Jewish Question by Eric Rozenman.
Is it time for Jews to leave Europe? Cover stories in Atlantic and Commentary magazines have asked this question.
At the University of Texas, a visiting Israeli professor had to go about campus in disguise. At Oberlin College, progressive students dismissed the Holocaust as “white-on-white” crime. Such examples proliferate.
Israel is the only Western-style democracy in the greater Middle East, a world leader in medicine, science and technology, a first responder in international humanitarian relief efforts. Yet public opinion surveys find it ranked as a chief threat to world peace.
The post-1945 world of “Never again!” is gone. In Jews Make the Best Demons: “Palestine” and the Jewish Question, published October 22 by New English Review Press, Eric Rozenman examines the post-modern propagation of pre-modern beliefs and the danger not only for the Jewish state and Jews everywhere, but the entire liberal West.
Theodore Herzl expected Zionism’s Altneuland, the old-new Jewish state, to at long last normalize the status of the Jewish people. Instead, Rozenman shows antisemitism resurrected through anti-Zionism has made Israel the Neualtjude, the new-old Jew. In the process, today’s Israelis, today’s Jews have been indicted not as demonic Christ-killers but rather as demonic nation-killers of the Palestinian Arabs.
Jews Make the Best Demons illuminates how:
· “The Jewish question” has troubled Western intellectuals from the Enlightenment on;
· The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, despite early exposure as a forgery, became the mother of all anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, widely distributed by Henry Ford, Adolf Hitler and today across the Middle East;
· Kaiser Wilhelm II in World War I and Hitler in World War II successfully sponsored anti-British, anti-French and anti-Zionist Muslim extremists who would lead directly to today’s Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Iranian leadership;
· The Soviet Union continued what the Kaiser and der Fuhrer had begun, ultimately recruiting the Arab League in support of Moscow’s infamous 1975 U.N. Zionism-is-racism resolution;
· As a result, the medieval blood libel against the Jews has been revived in “water-theft” and “organ-stealing” guises and repeatedly in its original form as part of the “Palestine narrative”; and
· Twentieth century Palestinian terrorism, tolerated when largely targeting Israelis and Jews, became the gateway drug for 21st century Islamist terrorism.
Western academics, in deconstructed hostility to objectivity and factual history, have enabled the return of Jew-hatred from the fringe to the mainstream. As French President Emmanuelle Macron, among others, has declared, anti-Zionism is antisemitism.
Rozenman, a former editor of Washington Jewish Week and B’nai B’rith’s International Jewish Monthly, argues that the anti-Zionism/antisemitism merger seeks to make of the Jewish state and people what the medieval Church, Marx and Hitler ultimately made of the stateless, oppressed “wandering Jew”—the Devil incarnate, humanity’s perpetual enemy. That it does so with early Bolshevik categories like “racist, imperialist and colonialist” amounts to newer bottles for a 2,000-year-old wine.
The renewed blood libel, cloaked in the “Palestinian narrative,” is as false as the original and no more likely to be defeated only with facts. Jews Makes the Best Demons concludes that what also is required is a psychological transformation, the one pointed to by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. It is a rejection of George Orwell’s “streamlined men who think in slogans and talk in bullets” coupled with an embrace of Frankl’s “race” of the decent, shunning the indecent who still seek an answer to “the question of Palestine,” in reality the question of Israel, the age-old Jewish question.
Of Jews Make the Best Demons, historian Daniel Pipes, publisher of Middle East Quarterly, has written: “Rozenman’s cry from the heart establishes the clear connection between the old antisemitism and the new anti-Zionism. Only the blind or the wicked can deny his truth, proven by exemplary research: everyone else will learn from him.”
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty seventh book, Springtime for Snowflakes: 'Social Justice' and Its Postmodern Parentage by Michael Rectenwald.
This fiercely honest memoir will piss many people off. Those who just attack its author over it (whether or not they've actually read it) will thereby reconfirm his point: that 'social justice,' as now preached and practiced on most campuses (and not just there) in the United States, is not a legacy of earlier mass movements for (real) social justice, but a religious creed with an effectively totalitarian agenda, birthed in the vast hothouse of postmodern theory. Here's hoping that this book will start real arguments, whether they elaborate its thesis, or modify it, or whatever else it takes to drive the counter-movement that all of us so very badly need.
Mark Crispin Miller, NYU Professor of Media, Culture & Communication. Author of Boxed In: The Culture of TV, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform.
This book may be the first of its kind--an academic's 'tell all' of the politicization and collapse of the American Academy. Once an Allen Ginsberg acolyte and leftist fellow traveler, Rectenwald exposes the intellectual origins and fundamental flaws of postmodernism, social justice, identity politics, and many other theories and ideologies of the modern left. Springtime for Snowflakes is the first direct challenge to the world of leftist deconstructionism in which safe spaces are everywhere and intellectualism and learning are slaves to rigid ideology, partisanship, and intolerance to alternative views.
Daniel L. Mallock, Author of Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution