The Pity of It All (Paperback)
A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933
Picador, 9780312422813, 464pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2003
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In this important work of historical restoration, Amos Elon shows how a persecuted clan of cattle dealers and wandering peddlers was transformed into a stunningly successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, tycoons, and activists. In engaging, brilliantly etched portraits of Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, and many others, Elon traces how a small minority came to be perceived as a deadly threat
to German national integrity.
About the Author
Amos Elon is the author of eight widely praised books including Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild, and the New York Times bestseller Israelis: Founders and Sons. He was a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He passed away in 2009.
Praise For The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933…
“Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages.” —The New York Times
“[Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done.” —Los Angeles Times
“A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon.” —The New York Review of Books
“If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's The Pity of It All--a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own.” —Joan Didion, author of Political Fictions