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convert to Catholicism, tells the story of Israel with sympathy
but not always with accuracy in his effort to assert the supre-
macy of Christianity. The brief but sympathetic presentation
by Herbert Cyrus Snell of the story and meaning of
Ancient
Israel
(Logan, Utah, 1948) is written largely to meet the special
needs of Mormon students of early biblical narratives. The
second volume of
Our people
by Jacob Isaacs (Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Merkos LTnyone Chinuch, 1948) covers the period from Joshua
through the destruction of the last kingdom. Written from
an avowedly orthodox point of view it accepts the biblical account
in all its details. There is a good deal to be said for a form of
history in which the reader is given most of the relevant facts
and is allowed to draw his own conclusions.
An absorbing and well-written informal history of the Jewish
people is offered in
Story without end
by Rabbi Solomon Land-
man and Benjamin Efron (N.Y., Holt, 1949). Filling the void
between scholarly treatises and often irrelevant popularizations
it presents in a one volume work the story of the Jews as a liv-
ing people, beginning with the Semites of Western Asia 4000
years ago and coming up to the recent re-establishment of the
State of Israel. I t takes adequate cognizance of the social and
historical forces that helped to shape their destiny. It does
not hesitate to point out that though they “constitute a more
or less cohesive group” the Jews in America are fully integrated
in the life of their country.
That Jews are well integrated in American life is demonstrated
in the collection of essays and biographical sketches tracing
the history of the Jews in this country contained in
Pilgrims
in a new land
by Lee M. Friedman (Philadelphia, Jewish
Publication Society of America and N. Y., Farrar, Straus, 1948).
As in his earlier volume,
Jewish pioneers and patriots
, Mr. Fried-
man stresses the role of immigrant Jews in American economic
life and the contributions they have made to the evolution of
the nation. Corroboration of Jewish pioneering in America
is found in other records as well. In
The big divide
by David
Lavender (N.Y., Doubleday, 1948), an inventory of men of
action during four Rocky Mountain centuries - from Conqui-
stadores to “ski bums” - one meets with Otto Mears, a little
man, born in Russia in 1841, of a Jewish mother and English
father, who single-handedly made the impossible San Juan Moun-
tains roll over and say “uncle.”
The Canadian Jewish Congress issued the second part of
Canadian Jews in World War I I
(Montreal, 1948). Edited
by David Rome, it deals with men and women whose names
appeared on the official casualty lists of the Canadian forces