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ISRAEL
1988 NA T IONA L JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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M
o r r is
J.
a n d
B
e t t y
K
a p l u n
A
w a r d
,
presented by Ronald
Sanders.
Ben Gurion: The Burning Ground 1886-1948,
by Shabtai Teveth
(Houghton Mifflin Co.)
Ben Gurion: The Burning Ground 1886-1948
by Shabtai Teveth
is a landmark biography. Meticulously researched and drawing
on many new sources, Teveth paints a nuanced portrait o f one
o f the greatest Zionist leaders, David Ben-Gurion, during the
years leading up to the birth o f the State o f Israel. With this
book, we discover how and why Ben-Gurion became such a
dominant figure, as well as the price he had to pay — both
in personal and political terms — to achieve his goals. Mem­
orable and articulate, this is an exceptional book that provides
valuable insights into the process o f Jewish state building.
JEW ISH H ISTORY
G
e r r a r d
a n d
E
l l a
B
e r m a n
A
w a r d
,
presented by Steve Bayme.
European Jewry and the First Crusade,
by Robert Chazan (Univer­
sity o f California Press)
European Jewry and the First Crusade
by Robert Chazan con­
stitutes a detailed analysis o f the impact o f the First Crusade
upon the Jews. Despite the great violence that the crusade in­
flicted upon the Jews in the Rhineland, Chazan demonstrates
that its overall impact was not as widespread or catastrophic
for northern European Jewry as generally assumed. Rather the
main significance o f the First Crusade was that a new style o f
persecution emerged, which upset the delicate equilibrium be­
tween tolerating Jews and rejecting Judaism previously estab­
lished by the Church. In turn, it elicited from them a new type
o f martyrdom. Chazan’s work has redefined the extent both
o f the impact o f the crusades upon Jewish condition and the
Jewish historical consciousness.
JEW ISH THOUGHT
A
n o n y m o u s
D
o n o r
A
w a r d
,
presented by
D r .
Jacob Kabakoff.
The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent,
by Marc
D.
Angel (Insight Books/Human Sciences Press)