This vigorous chronicle of the years 1847–1947—the century while the Jewish other folks modified how we see the arena—is “[a] exciting and tragic historical past…particularly just right at the ironies and chain-response intimacies that make a other folks and a earlier” (The Wall Boulevard Journal).
In 100-yr length, a handful of women and men modified the arena. Lots of them are widely recognized—Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective reminiscence in spite of their enduring significance in our day by day lives. With out Karl Landsteiner, for example, there can be no blood transfusions or best surgical treatment. With out Paul Ehrlich, no chemotherapy. With out Siegfried Marcus, no motor automotive. With out Rosalind Franklin, genetic technological know-how might glance very other. With out Fritz Haber, there might now not be sufficient meals to maintain lifestyles in the world.
What do those visionaries have in commonplace? All of them had Jewish origins. All of them had a present for pondering in absolutely unique, even earth-shattering techniques. In 1847, the Jewish other folks made up not up to 0.25% of the arena’s inhabitants, and but they noticed what others may now not. How? Why?
Norman Lebrecht has trustworthy part of his lifestyles to considering and studying the attitude of the Jewish intellectuals, writers, scientists, and thinkers who grew to become the tides of historical past and formed the arena as of late as we comprehend it. In Genius & Anxiety, Lebrecht starts with the Communist Manifesto in 1847 and results in 1947, while Israel was once based. This powerful, remarkable, superbly designed quantity is “an pressing and shifting historical past” (The Spectator, UK) and a birthday party of Jewish genius and contribution.