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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty eighth book, The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd by Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis.
The cultural death of God has created a conundrum for intellectuals. How could a life stripped of ultimate meaning be anything but absurd? How was man to live? How could he find direction in a world of no direction? What would he tell his children that could make their lives worthwhile? What is the ground of morality?
Existentialism is the literary cri de coeur resulting from the realization that without God, everything good, true and beautiful in human life is destined to be destroyed in a pitiless material cosmos. Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis examine the main existentialist works, from Ecclesiastes to the Theatre of the Absurd, each man coming from a different perspective. Francis is a believer, Dalrymple is not, but both empathize with the struggle to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe.
Part literary criticism, part philosophical exploration, this book holds many surprising gems of insight from two of the most interesting minds of our time.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty eighth book, Jews Make the Best Demons:'Palestine' and the Jewish Question by Eric Rozenman.
Is it time for Jews to leave Europe? Cover stories in Atlantic and Commentary magazines have asked this question.
At the University of Texas, a visiting Israeli professor had to go about campus in disguise. At Oberlin College, progressive students dismissed the Holocaust as “white-on-white” crime. Such examples proliferate.
Israel is the only Western-style democracy in the greater Middle East, a world leader in medicine, science and technology, a first responder in international humanitarian relief efforts. Yet public opinion surveys find it ranked as a chief threat to world peace.
The post-1945 world of “Never again!” is gone. In Jews Make the Best Demons: “Palestine” and the Jewish Question, published October 22 by New English Review Press, Eric Rozenman examines the post-modern propagation of pre-modern beliefs and the danger not only for the Jewish state and Jews everywhere, but the entire liberal West.
Theodore Herzl expected Zionism’s Altneuland, the old-new Jewish state, to at long last normalize the status of the Jewish people. Instead, Rozenman shows antisemitism resurrected through anti-Zionism has made Israel the Neualtjude, the new-old Jew. In the process, today’s Israelis, today’s Jews have been indicted not as demonic Christ-killers but rather as demonic nation-killers of the Palestinian Arabs.
Jews Make the Best Demons illuminates how:
· “The Jewish question” has troubled Western intellectuals from the Enlightenment on;
· The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, despite early exposure as a forgery, became the mother of all anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, widely distributed by Henry Ford, Adolf Hitler and today across the Middle East;
· Kaiser Wilhelm II in World War I and Hitler in World War II successfully sponsored anti-British, anti-French and anti-Zionist Muslim extremists who would lead directly to today’s Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Iranian leadership;
· The Soviet Union continued what the Kaiser and der Fuhrer had begun, ultimately recruiting the Arab League in support of Moscow’s infamous 1975 U.N. Zionism-is-racism resolution;
· As a result, the medieval blood libel against the Jews has been revived in “water-theft” and “organ-stealing” guises and repeatedly in its original form as part of the “Palestine narrative”; and
· Twentieth century Palestinian terrorism, tolerated when largely targeting Israelis and Jews, became the gateway drug for 21st century Islamist terrorism.
Western academics, in deconstructed hostility to objectivity and factual history, have enabled the return of Jew-hatred from the fringe to the mainstream. As French President Emmanuelle Macron, among others, has declared, anti-Zionism is antisemitism.
Rozenman, a former editor of Washington Jewish Week and B’nai B’rith’s International Jewish Monthly, argues that the anti-Zionism/antisemitism merger seeks to make of the Jewish state and people what the medieval Church, Marx and Hitler ultimately made of the stateless, oppressed “wandering Jew”—the Devil incarnate, humanity’s perpetual enemy. That it does so with early Bolshevik categories like “racist, imperialist and colonialist” amounts to newer bottles for a 2,000-year-old wine.
The renewed blood libel, cloaked in the “Palestinian narrative,” is as false as the original and no more likely to be defeated only with facts. Jews Makes the Best Demons concludes that what also is required is a psychological transformation, the one pointed to by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. It is a rejection of George Orwell’s “streamlined men who think in slogans and talk in bullets” coupled with an embrace of Frankl’s “race” of the decent, shunning the indecent who still seek an answer to “the question of Palestine,” in reality the question of Israel, the age-old Jewish question.
Of Jews Make the Best Demons, historian Daniel Pipes, publisher of Middle East Quarterly, has written: “Rozenman’s cry from the heart establishes the clear connection between the old antisemitism and the new anti-Zionism. Only the blind or the wicked can deny his truth, proven by exemplary research: everyone else will learn from him.”
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty seventh book, Springtime for Snowflakes: 'Social Justice' and Its Postmodern Parentage by Michael Rectenwald.
This fiercely honest memoir will piss many people off. Those who just attack its author over it (whether or not they've actually read it) will thereby reconfirm his point: that 'social justice,' as now preached and practiced on most campuses (and not just there) in the United States, is not a legacy of earlier mass movements for (real) social justice, but a religious creed with an effectively totalitarian agenda, birthed in the vast hothouse of postmodern theory. Here's hoping that this book will start real arguments, whether they elaborate its thesis, or modify it, or whatever else it takes to drive the counter-movement that all of us so very badly need.
Mark Crispin Miller, NYU Professor of Media, Culture & Communication. Author of Boxed In: The Culture of TV, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform.
This book may be the first of its kind--an academic's 'tell all' of the politicization and collapse of the American Academy. Once an Allen Ginsberg acolyte and leftist fellow traveler, Rectenwald exposes the intellectual origins and fundamental flaws of postmodernism, social justice, identity politics, and many other theories and ideologies of the modern left. Springtime for Snowflakes is the first direct challenge to the world of leftist deconstructionism in which safe spaces are everywhere and intellectualism and learning are slaves to rigid ideology, partisanship, and intolerance to alternative views.
Daniel L. Mallock, Author of Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty sixth book, Grief and Other Stories by Theodore Dalrymple.
In this, Theodore Dalrymple's second collection of short stories, he begins to let his imagination run. The absurdity of modern life is fully laid bare when taken to extremes. You will laugh through your tears.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty fifth book, A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing by Phyllis Chesler.
Phyllis Chesler brings an eloquent and righteous anger to bear against Western feminists for their dual habit of overlooking the plight of Muslim women and blaming Israel, by far the Middle East s most feminist country, for the woes of that region. Daniel Pipes
Phyllis Chesler is by far the bravest and most outspoken American feminist to address the plight of Muslim women. I recommend (that her work) be put on the reading list of every American school. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
To read Phyllis Chesler is to encounter one of the most challenging and original minds in the world today. Alan Dershowitz
Chesler's work is a mark of her strength of character, her enduring warrior spirit, and her fierce, abiding devotion to freedom and equality for all women. Bruce Bawer
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty fourth book, Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women by Phyllis Chesler.
—Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and Coming Apart
-- BERNARD LEWIS, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
-- DOUGLAS MURRAY, The Spectator.
-- AYAAN HIRSI ALI, Activist and Author of Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations (2010) and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015).
The term rhetoric is much abused these days ( Oh, that s just rhetoric! ), and the art it denotes doesn t fare much better. James Como has worked all his professional life to change that, one CUNY class at a time, and he carries on the good work in this book. He tells of his adventures in the classroom (some of them moving, some hilarious, some hair-raising), and then applies the tools of rhetoric to a variety of writers (Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, Thornton Wilder), two politicians (Obama, LBJ), and our everyday conversations. Bonus: a loving, though not uncritical, tribute to Mickey Mantle.
— Linda Bridges, National Review editor-at-large, co-author of The Art of Persuasion: A National Review Rhetoric for Writers.
Rhetoric suffers now two unjust popular reputations, one bad, one banal. The bad: empty speech, as in It s nothing but a bunch of rhetoric. The banal: freshman comp. James Como knows it is neither meaningless speechifying toned up with stylistic flourishes nor the methodology for teaching barely literate undergraduates to write the language most of them have been speaking for most of their lives. Rhetoric, properly conceived, is a noble intellectual discipline reaching at least as far back as Aristotle and forward through the medieval Trivium and other stops to modern masters such as Richard Weaver, an ethical imperative for honesty and clarity in argument, explication and conversation. Professor Como belongs to, as he contributes to, that tradition. These essays are instructive and elegant. . . and entertaining: not many writers can arrange the cohabitation in the same book of St. John (the Logos man) and Mickey Mantle perhaps easy work for someone I once saw get Rudolf Otto (The Idea of the Holy) and Branch Rickey into one paragraph.
— Samuel Hux, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, York College of The City University of New York, is a widely published essayist.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our nineteenth book, Out Into The Beautiful World by Theodore Dalrymple.
In the little essays that follow, I have no grand theory to prove, no single message to convey. Small things and slight occurrences have caught my attention and caused me to reflect a little. I hope only to please the reader.
— Theodore Dalrymple
In his modest claim to have no grand theory or single message, Theodore Dalrymple echoes the great essayist Michel de Montaigne—whom he resembles in wisdom, wit, felicity of prose, and insatiable curiosity, as well.
— Myron Magnet, author of The Founders at Home and editor-at-large of City Journal
This is a constantly engaging and humorous collection of the always informative and original observations of one of the most elegant and erudite contemporary writers in the English language.
— Conrad Black, author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, A Matter of Principle, Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership and Rise To Greatness: A History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present
Theodore Dalrymple has done something that all the severe literary critics had decreed impossible. He has revived the essay. In the course of chasing his hat where it listeth, Dalrymple discovers the extraordinary multifariousness of human life from tender book inscriptions to "healthcare serial killers" and reveals all of it to us in language that is sometimes witty, sometimes tender, sometimes sharp, and always exactly right.
— John O’Sullivan, author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World and editor of Quadrant
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our eighteenth book, Unreading Shakespeare by David P. Gontar.
An outstanding Classic in the great tradition of A.C. Bradley, H.C. Goddard, G. Wilson Knight, and Harold Bloom. Together with the groundbreaking Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays, UNREADING SHAKESPEARE shakes the foundations of Renaissance studies, breathing new life into Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff, Rosalind, and many other characters. Here is the definitive exposition of Shakespeare in the 21st century.
Teaches us how to find the real wisdom of Shakespeare
Shows the major philosophical influence on Shakespeare is not Montaigne but Plato
Introduces Katherine of Aragon as Feminist Hero
Uncovers the comic dimension of Shakespeare s Tragedies
Presents the Socratic Apology of Falstaff
Rescues King Lear from modern oblivion
Writing an essay recently about an important character in Shakespeare, I turned to Mr. Gontar for guidance. He is illuminating, erudite and wise. I couldn't have done better.
—Theodore Dalrymple, author of numerous books, including Anything Goes, Farewell Fear and Threats of Pain and Ruin.
David Gontar's books on Shakespeare contain some of the most impressive writings on the works of the Bard that I have ever read. Gontar's Shakespearean essays fill us with triumphant illumination.
—Ricardo Mena, author of Ver, begin
Surely the best book of writing on Shakespeare in a very long time, UNREADING SHAKESPEARE and its companion, HAMLET MADE SIMPLE, are a revelation at once delightful and amazing.
—Richard Cameron, Co-founder, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Atelier and Co.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our seventeenth book, Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 3, edited by S.B. Kelly.
The resurgence of Islam is a constant theme in the writings of J.B. Kelly from the 1980s to his death in 2009, and it is appropriate, therefore, that it should be reflected in the title of this third, and final, volume of his collected essays and reviews. The title was, in fact, originally a phrase which he gave to a lecture he delivered to the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. in 1980. It captures the surreal, Alice in Wonderland, nature of Middle Eastern politics. He intended that the lecture, given to promote his new book on Arabia, the Gulf and the West (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Basic Books,1980), should enable his American audience to peer through the looking glass of the Middle East and to understand how to navigate the political labyrinth of the Persian Gulf and the wider region. His subsequent essays and reviews written while he was in Washington D.C. were intended to serve the same purpose. The introduction by the editor gives readers a guide to the political context of his writings, especially his involvement in the struggle over the sale of F-15 enhancements and AWACS to Saudi Arabia. The later writings in this volume are the fruits of his retirement in France, from whence he tried to counter the received wisdom about Western policy towards Iraq and other matters.
Reading the essays in this volume one is struck by their relevance to our understanding of the causes of the revolts in the Middle East in 2011 and after against the last generation of oriental despots, and the resurgence of militant Islam. This volume, like the earlier ones, should be required reading for policy-makers in the West.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our sixteenth book, The Real Nature of Religion by Rebecca Bynum.
In a short book of the most lucid prose, Rebecca Bynum is not afraid to take on the largest questions of human existence and equally unafraid to give them deeply unfashionable answers.
Theodore Dalrymple, author of Life at the Bottom and Threats of Pain and Ruin
This is a riveting, well-paced and lively debunking of moral relativism, atheism, appeasement of militant Islam, and the general drive to dilute spirituality and religion, while perversely amplifying societal and national guilt and shame. The atheist will only enjoy it if wobbling already in those convictions. The concerned, religiously undecided will find it stimulating and persuasive, and the intelligent Judeo-Christian will be uplifted. It is a rigorous argument and for any person interested in these questions, a very good read.
Conrad Black, biographer of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon and author of A Matter of Principle, Flight of the Eagle and Rise to Greatness
Every thinking person knows that, for all our capacity to reason, we are enmeshed in mysteries beyond our comprehension. Rebecca Bynum’s fine new book, The Real Nature of Religion, undertakes to explain the inexplicable with an admirable mix of clarity, lucidity, learning, and wisdom.
Myron Magnet, author of The Founders at Home and The Dream and the Nightmare
Rebecca Bynum is one of the few religious thinkers raising what is undoubtedly one of the most important, perhaps the most important question, of our time: Can the United States survive if its First Amendment liberties continue to shield an Islam whose objective is to become religiously and politically dominant in every sphere of human endeavor. Unlike too many of our political leaders, Ms. Bynum is widely read and sophisticated about both Islam and Christianity. She understands that Islam is a complex phenomenon that is too different from other religions to be simplistically classified. Islam requires, she argues, a category of its own that excludes First Amendment protection when it seeks a privileged place in the American religious landscape. If we continue on our present path, America as we know it will not long survive. It will go the way of countless other societies whose civilizations have succumbed to Islam.
Richard L. Rubenstein, Distinguished Research Professor of Religion, University of Bridgeport and author of After Auschwitz
Rebecca Bynum’s work is a quietly philosophical meditation on the nature of religion, on the soul, faith and morality, and much much more. She clears away the superstitions that have grown up, like weeds, around the core beliefs, and which threaten to choke true religion. Religion must change, and cannot remain mired in the past. Bynum’s elegant essay is a courageous look at what she clearly believes in passionately, and an equally fervent plea for the continuous relevance of Christianity in these uncertain times.
Ibn Warraq, author of Why I am Not a Muslim, Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies and Christmas in the Koran
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fifteenth book, As Far As The Eye Can See by Moshe Dann.
Moshe Dann's stories are examinations of life as it is really lived, with its share of anxieties and tragedies, its moments of illumination and intimacy. These tender, often sad assessments of our mortal toils do what art is supposed to do: make the reader feel and reflect.
—Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi
Moshe Dann picks with a small chisel at majestic themes. In the most delicate, unassuming and accessible language (George Orwell would very much approve), his characters go about their quotidian tasks (sorry, George!) while underneath large questions roil and bubble to the surface—questions of history, memory, identity, mortality, spirituality, family, despair, desire—even—dare one say it?—love. His characters—vain, unprepossessing, nervous, smart, but underneath filled with doubt, pain, apprehension and a certain obduracy of spirit, even courage—populate a world that Chekhov might recognize, were he to return as a contemporary Jew, hovering between Israel and the United States. Come to think of it, both George and Anton would have cause to utter a resounding, “Mazel tov!”
—Robin Hirsch, author of Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski
Moshe Dann writes stories of longing and loneliness, of men and women hungry to be loved but unable to offer love. His characters want to make something of their lives, but their inner failures, especially their sense of being victims, stop them. Yet we see, we feel, the potential love they have to offer. This is a beautiful book full of intense feeling; the stories recognize the limitations of Dann's sad protagonists but invite us to see their yearning for life. We re with them though we certainly don't want to be them. They are figures of possibility, people who cry out to live.
—John J. Clayton, author of Many Seconds into the Future
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fourteenth book, Threats of Pain and Ruin by Theodore Dalrymple.
Sparklingly funny, unflinchingly realistic, and profoundly wise, these brilliant meditations on our postmodern predicament by the Montaigne of our age impart urbane pleasure and enlightenment on every page.
—Myron Magnet, author of The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817
No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be.
— Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve
Dr. Dalrymple's eye alights on a topic; his mind dissects it; his imagination embroiders it; his judgment delivers an appropriate verdict, usually condemnation; and his sensibility ensures that all these activities are conceived, argued, and expressed wittily or sadly but always beautifully.
— John O’Sullivan author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
Another brilliant collection from our age’s answer to Dr. Johnson and George Orwell. A feast of wit, insight, admonition, and plain old common sense.
— Roger Kimball, author of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art
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