Controversial indictment of those who exploit the tragedy of the Holocaust for their own gain
Norman G. Finkelstein taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict for many years. He is the author of eight books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions, including: What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion, Goldstone Recants: Richard Goldstone Renews Israel's License to Kill, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
The most controversial book of the year.
His basic argument that memories of the Holocaust are being debased is serious and should be given its due.
If his indictment is a true one, it should prompt prosecutions, sackings, protest. The book shouts scandal. It is a polemic, communicated at maximum volume.
He deserves to be heard ... he is making some profound points that many younger and more thoughtful Jews have quietly been attempting to debate, but whose voices have been stilled by the establishment, particularly in the US.
This is, in short, a lucid, provocative and passionate book. Anyone with an open mind and an interest in the subject should ignore the critical brickbats and read what Finkelstein has to say.
Finkelstein's downright pugilistic book delivers a wallop - mostly because few authors have had the courage or nerve to say, as he does, that the Nazi genocide has been distorted and robbed of its true moral lessons and instead has been put to use as 'an indispensable ideological weapon'. It's a provocative thesis that makes you want to reject it even as you are compelled to keep reading by the strength of his case and the bravura of his assertions.
He is scathing in his denunciation of the institutions and individuals who have cropped up around the issue of reparations in the last several years.
*New York Press*