Susie Linfield teaches cultural journalism at New York University. A former editor at the Washington Post and the Village Voice, she has written for a wide variety of publications including the New York Times,The Nation,Dissent, and the New Republic. Her previous book, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Original . . .Interesting . . . Important . . . Urgent. -J.J. Goldberg, New York Times Book Review Linfield explores her theme through the writing of a galaxy of intellectuals - David Feldman, Financial Times The book is a brilliant, intellectual, sociological exploration of eight popular, prolific thinkers and writers - Harold Goldmeier, American Thinker Named one of two Fall 2019 Natan Notable Books, sponsored by The Jewish Book Council The Lions' Den is a brilliantly incisive commentary on eight intellectuals who wrote about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Susie Linfield is herself the ninth intellectual in this book, with a strong and persuasive position of her own. -Michael Walzer, author of A Foreign Policy for the Left You don't have to be enthralled by the Left, Judaism, or Zionism to enjoy this riveting book. Wherever you stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is a must for devotees of fascinating, intriguing, exhilarating, and exciting debates. -Hussein Agha, coauthor of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine Why have some of the brightest minds in the American and European Left been unable to understand Jewish nationalism? The Lions'Den is a fascinating, uniquely incisive inquiry into the limits of the intellectual Left as it tries to deal with the harsh realities of our world. -Zeev Sternhell, author of The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State How has the stormy yet often devoted marriage of the Left and Zionism devolved into a minefield of acrimonious disputes? Susie Linfield approaches this polarizing subject with her customary brilliant vision and generous spirit. An original and essential contribution. -Ruth Franklin, author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction The Lions' Den is an exemplary intellectual history that comes to grips with both the tragedy of Zionism and the way in which anti-Zionism became a touchstone for the global Left. It is scrupulous, unflinching, lucid, timely, and morally serious. -Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage