Spiritual Radical

Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972

By Edward K. Kaplan
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300115406, 544pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Praise For Spiritual Radical

“This is a prodigiously researched, sound, and important book. Spiritual Radical  is a substantial achievement, a work of love and devotion and real biographical acumen.”—Steven Zipperstein, Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, Stanford University

-Steven Zipperstein

“This second volume of Kaplan’s biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel is an important work by any standard. The care with which it is assembled and the research upon which it is based is truly inspiring. Spiritual Radical is clearly written, insightful, honest.”—Adam Seligman, author of Modest Claims, Dialogues and Essays on Tolerance and Tradition


-Adam Seligman

"This religiously contentious world needs the noble witness of Abraham Joshua Heschel more than ever. Edward K. Kaplan''s lucid and compelling account of Heschel''s life in America is an urgently important book."—James Carroll, author of House of War

-James Carroll

“Kaplan has written a biography that will be appreciated and enjoyed by all those who struggle to be at home in America, and for all those who struggle to be at home with God.”—Martin Kavka, Florida State University
-Martin Kavka

"During a time when deep religious belief is so often associated with intolerance and intransigence, it is refreshing to be reminded that Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr., once joined in a prophetic, morally courageous pursuit of peace and social justice."—Clayborne Carson, Director, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University

-Clayborne Carson

"This is a meticulously researched, beautifully written biography that captures the life and thought of a great man."—Harold Kasimow, Shofar
-Harold Kasimow

"Kaplan presents [Heschel] through a prism that is at once objective and warm. This is a book to be appreciated by academics, rabbis and general readers alike."—Richard Libowitz, The Reconstructionist
-Richard Libowitz

"Kaplan deserves praise for writing a well-documented account of Heschel''s life and activities between 1940 and his death in 1972."—Jason Kalman, American Jewish Archives Journal
-Jason Kalman

"Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America provides a fascinating and much-needed acount of this legendary figure''s experiences in America."—Noam Pianko, American Jewish History
-Noam Pianko

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