"Gerald Sorin tells Fast's story
in this engaging and fluidly written biography. He draws connections
among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and that most curious part of his
long embrace of the Communist Party. In so doing, Sorin illuminates a
complex part of American Jewish life in the twentieth century. ... Sorin
is a brilliant biographer who proves to be both sympathetic and critical
of his subject. This is Gerald Sorin's second
National Jewish Book Award. He won in the category of history for his Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, in 2003"
—Jewish Book World
"Starring Madame Modjeska is based on very solid archival research, yet it is written with lightness and grace—qualities inspired by the character of the formidable protagonist of this excellent book." —Slavic Review
"Hoffert sheds a bright light on the life of the imperious, irascible, opinionated Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. The author posits that Belmont was an unlikely champion of women’s rights and that her work was crucial to the success of women’s rights. Belmont’s money and political connections benefitted women’s causes; her social and celebrity status brought press attention and additional financial support." —CCWH Newsletter
Senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn will receive the the United States Association of Former Members of Congress's Statesmanship Award for showing explemplary examples of bipartisanship while in office. The award will be presented at the organization's 16th annual "A Salute to Service" award dinner March 19.
This new biography of Fast follows his life from a rough-and-tumble Jewish New York street kid to the rich and famous author of close to 100 books. Sorin illuminates the connections among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and his left-wing politics, and explains Fast’s attraction to the Communist Party.
Sorin, along with other 2012 National Jewish Book Award winners, will be honored March 14 at a gala awards ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Jewish Book Council's website.
"Gerald Sorin’s biography of the Jewish-leftist writer Howard Fast (1914-2003) examines Fast’s life through the lens of his political identity. ... [S]uch a critical view is bound to stimulate new debate over the role of the artist in Cold War America." —Jewish Book Council
More information about Lugar and his political career can be found in our book Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate. To celebrate Lugar's lecture and recent appointment to the IU faculty, we're giving away two free copies of his biography, autographed by author John T. Shaw!
To enter the contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address. Entries will be accepted through February 18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be notified by email and books will ship via USPS.