“Jewish Jocks” represents the high end of this quirky pursuit. Edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, both of The New Republic, the book gathers 50 brief portraits from some of the biggest names in journalism and academia. Their essays follow no particular pattern, the common denominator being the exceptionally high quality of the writing. Jews are profiled in everything from broadcasting and management to fencing and bullfighting. It’s an odd mix, but it works for two reasons. First, much of the Jewish influence in sports has occurred beyond the locker room. Second, let’s be honest: the Jewish bench is far too thin to support 50 tales of athletic immortality.
Plaut reports on the tradition of Jewish volunteering, the Christmas mitzvah — something to do when the rest of the world has the day off. Jews feed the hungry, fill in for Christians at work, donate toys, play Santa. These are activities, he says, that allow “Jews the opportunity to participate in Christmas, but in a way that does not detract from their Jewish identity; in fact, their volunteerism reinforces their Jewishness.” Boldly stated: “America’s Jews have reacted to their exclusion from Christmas in a manner similar to how they have reacted to their exclusion from a country club — by building a better one of their own.”
I remember, as a nurse, I used to work on Christmas so others could have it off.
3) " Bitter Brew : The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's King of Beers" -
The first King of Beers was a German immigrant who came to America just before the Civil War. Adolphus Busch set down roots in heavily Germanic St. Louis, used an inheritance to buy a brewery-supply business and married into the Anheuser family, which owned a struggling brewery of its own. Installed as president of the family business (re-christened Anheuser-Busch), Adolphus purchased a beer recipe—you have to love this—used by monks in a Bohemian village named Budweis. The crisp, pale lager was known as Budweiser.
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Originally posted by Kalleh: My daughter gave me Jon Meacham's "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" for Hanukkah. I am looking forward to reading it.
Wow I'm impressed by both of you. I find it tough to read any non-fiction that is not practically hands-on job-related (though I do read lots of reference material online). How do you like the book so far?
Here are my recent reads, all of which I can STRONGLY recommend:
Burmese Days by George Orwell- his first novel, based on experiences in Burma while in his twenties. funny! poignant! sarcastic! enlightening! I could go on.
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry - WWI from the point of view of a dear and special voice, a young Dublin soldier. Sad, lovely, important
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Olbreht - Balkans: a young female doctor in time of '90's wars,[informed by WWII memories of grandfather, also a dr, as told to her in childhood)investigates the circumstances of her grandfather's death. This looks to be the beginning of a remarkable literary career, I will be watching this author.
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I just read about another book that I think I'd like: "The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date," by Samuel Arbeman. Here is a quote from it that I think is so accurate: "We persist in only adding facts to our personal store of knowledge that jibe with what we already know, rather than to assimilate new facts irrespective of how they fit into our worldview." Isn't that the truth. As one analyst said, "All too true; confirmation bias is everywhere." We see it in nursing, medicine, other sciences...and, yes, here on WC.