Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities

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About the Author
Emily Tamkin is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. and author of The Influence of Soros. She previously covered foreign affairs on staff at Foreign Policy and BuzzFeed News. She studied Russian literature and culture at Columbia University and Russian and East European studies at the University of Oxford. She earned a Fulbright Fellowship and a Heinrich Böll scholarship and was also a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in New Delhi, India.

"Journalist Tamkin illuminates in this vibrant study the multifaceted nature of the Jewish experience in America...Heartfelt, nuanced, and empathetic, this revelatory ethnography is a must-read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

To take stock of one's own people as a journalist and historian is no simple task, but Emily Tamkin rises to the occasion with aplomb. In Bad Jews, Tamkin has pieced together a vital, sober, and -- most importantly -- empathic accounting of the American Jewish story. The volume of Tamkin's research was clearly astounding, and it pays off in the form of a book that is both eminently readable and appropriately provocative. Whether you're Jew or Gentile, radical or conservative, kosher or lobster-loving, Bad Jews is sure to enthrall and educate you." -- Abe Riesman, author of True Believer

Anything Emily Tamkin writes will be thoughtful, well-researched, and engaging. Her new book is no exception. It grabs you from page one and every time I put it down, it was with reluctance. This book is so smart, timely, and relevant, that you forget Tamkin is sounding a clarion bell about the very real dangers of our time. -- Celeste Headlee, author of Speaking of Race

"With compelling narrative and piercing historical analysis, Emily Tamkin grapples with the big questions of group identity and authenticity and their relationship to inclusion in a diverse nation. She invites readers on a journey of the Jewish experience in the United States and explores the ways culture, intolerance, and perseverance have shaped it. An essential commentary on identity and belonging in America, Tamkin's Bad Jews is necessary reading for a changing country struggling to live its creed." -- Theodore Johnson, author of When the Stars Begin to Fall

"Like the host of the world's greatest Passover seder, Emily Tamkin invites everyone in--the idealists, the skeptics, and the dreamers--and gets them talking about all the thorniest issues. With curiosity, chutzpah, and a lot of heart, Bad Jews welcomes us all into the conversation American Jews need to have right now." -- Josh Lambert, Sophia Moses Robison Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English, Wellesley College

"The world may think that Jews are a homogeneous group. They are anything but. Tamkin's compelling narrative illuminates as it entertains, distilling Jewish in-fighting to the bone in the process. An essential read." -- Keren McGinity, author of Still Jewish

"Engaging...reflects the author's experience as a skilled journalist and storyteller." -- Kirkus

"This book is very wide-ranging, ...always thought-provoking, and it offers many ideas for readers to further explore." -- Booklist