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The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us)

Marc Weitzmann



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Houghton Mifflin
12 March 2019
From an award-winning journalist, a provocative, deeply reported expose of the history and present crisis of anti-Semitism in France--and its dire message for the rest of the world. What is the connection between a rise in the number of random attacks against Jews on the streets of France and strategically planned terrorist acts targeting the French population at large? Before the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan night club, and others made international headlines, Marc Weitzmann had noticed a surge of seemingly random acts of violence against the Jews of France. His disturbing and eye-opening new book, Hate, proposes that both the small-scale and large-scale acts of violence have their roots in not one, but two very specific forms of populism: an extreme and violent ethos of hate spread among the Muslim post-colonial suburban developments on the one hand, and the deeply-rooted French ultra-conservatism of the far right. Weitzmann's shrewd on-the-ground reporting is woven throughout with the history surrounding the legacies of the French Revolution, the Holocaust, and Gaulist Arab-French policy.

Hate is a chilling and important account that shows how the rebirth of French Anti-Semitism relates to the new global terror wave, revealing France to be a veritable localized laboratory for a global phenomenon.
By:   Marc Weitzmann
Imprint:   Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9780544649644
ISBN 10:   0544649648
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   12 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

MARC WEITZMANN is an award-winning journalist who has published ten books in France. He is a regular contributor to Le Monde's literary supplement and Tablet Magazine.

Reviews for Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us)

A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book Timely and richly reported, Hate is an investigation of the cross-pollination and convergence of the dominant anti-modern, anti-democratic forces shaping twenty-first century society and politics: far-right nationalism and Islamism. Cutting across conventional categories of left and right, to put a surge of violent anti-Semitism in France in deep historical, cultural and intellectual perspective, Weitzmann's absorbing reckoning carries urgent lessons and warnings for us all. --Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families I am in profound disagreement with the main argument of this brilliant, despairing book. And yet despite that I believe it to be essential reading, especially for those who, like me, will ultimately remain unpersuaded by it. Because of course Marc Weitzmann may be right, and if he is then we will not be able to say we were not warned! 'Read it and weep' is too often a clich but not here. For Hate is both a magnificent piece of writing and a prosecutor's brief--passionate, learned, and analytical at once, and as such a worthy descendant of the greatest of French 20th century polemics such mile Zola's J'Accuse, Julien Benda's The Treason of the Intellectuals, and above all Marc Bloch's A Strange Defeat. --David Rieff, author of In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies Hate is that rare book that will make even those who feel they know the subject reconsider it entirely. Alternating cool analysis and shoe-leather reporting, Weitzmann reveals the strands of a conspiracy that is nearly two centuries in the making. In a tale of lies and betrayals worthy of a Balzac novel, Hate begins with a forgotten 19th century orientalist plotter, whose attraction to Islam was its potential to blow up modernity, and follows the poison down through the last century to our own moment. Though it is uncomfortable to read about the darkness overcoming the City of Light, all those who care about France, Jews, East-West relations, and, indeed, our entire modern culture, must read this book. --Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Black Count and The Orientalist

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