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The rise of David Levinsky. New York, Peter Smith, 1951.
530 p.
A new edition of an old favorite.
C a r n e y , A u b r e y ( T o u lm i n ) .
odds, no victory. New York, Scribner, 1951.
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A Jewish professor of philosophy is dismissed from the faculty of a New
England college on a trumped up charge of communism.
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Spartacus. New York, Author, 1951. 363 p.
The last century of the pagan era when Spartacus led the famous gladiators’
revolt against their masters and oppressors. David, the Jew, inspired the
dreams of Spartacus and both met violent deaths. Well written and fascinating.
(IJB, March, 1952)
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T. McDonough: a novel. New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce,
1951. 511 p.
A vigorous story about local politics in an election year in a big city where
“ the Jewish vote” is attacked and defended. Of the very stuff of American life.
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The island of the innocent. New York, Abelard, 1952. 448 p.
A novel in the early part of the second century concerning a Greek named
Philemon, who has come to Jerusalem to find his Jewish friend, Reuben, one
of the Hellenist Jews. There is conflict between the Jews who would be Jews
and Jews who would be Greeks.
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The great madness. New York, Vantage, 1952. 257
p .
A Hungarian Jew’s experiences after being drafted into the German army
in World War I. A sardonic anti-war novel based upon the author’s own life.
Translated from the Hebrew by Jacob Freedman. (IJB, May, 1952)
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The serpent-wreathed staff. Indianapolis, Bobbs-
Merrill, 1951. 403 p.
A novel presenting a plea for compulsory medical insurance in which two
brothers, doctors, take opposite sides. The younger, Alan Towne, marries a
Jewish girl and is faced with the problem of her adjustment as a Jewess in this
non-Jewish family.
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David and Bathsheba. New York, Crown, 1951. 375
p .
Interesting and dramatic novel of the ancient days of the first kingdom.
David’s all consuming love for Bathsheba,׳ his victories and defeats are vividly
told. Legend, imagination and biblical fact are well blended. Translated by
I. M. Lask. (IJB, December, 1951)
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R. Point of honor. New York, Random, 1951. 375 p.
A grim story of a German-Jewish corporal in an American artillery bat-
talion in Italy. Realistically told.
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Cop. New York, Henry Holt, 1951. 252 p.
The troubles that beset Joe Polan, a Jewish cop on the lower East Side of
New York. The characters and situations are alive and Jewish. (IJB,
February, 1952)
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M. The second scroll. New York, Knopf, 1951. 198 p.
The search of a young Canadian Jewish youth for his uncle, Melech David-
son. Wherever he arrives he is greeted with the news that Uncle Melech had
just left. Finally he catches up with him in Israel, only to discover that his
Uncle had been murdered by the Arabs. Beautifully and sensitively written
by a poet. (IJB, January, 1952)
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Bella, Bella kissed a fella. New York, Random, 1951. 206 p.
Fifteen stories of the further adventures of the Gross family, poppa, ma
and Bella. (IJB, January, 1952)
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attack. Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday, 1952. 256 p.
A war novel that poses significant questions: Is a bargain with the devil
(a trio of Nazi pilots) a binding one? How deeply can a Jew submerge himself
in the larger group before he is reminded of his Jewishness? (ITB, May,
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The sun is silent. New York, Harpers, 1951. 303 p.
Story of a bomber crew in the early days of American air activity over
Europe. Quite devastating in its impact of shattering struggles in the air
and the effects of the men on each other. (IJB, October, 1951)