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.
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