Between 1920 and 1927 Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent published weekly articles on "The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem." This American hero of the Industrial Age also spent much energy and money on the translation and publication of the infamous forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" as well as many other anti-Semitic tracts. In HENRY FORD AND THE JEWS, Neil Baldwin tells the story of anti-Semitism in the early 20th century through the biography of Henry Ford.
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The headline is not a crass, attention-grabbing strategy for my inaugural blog at NJVoices. I promise you that as the weeks and months unfold I will turn my intellectual energies to more compelling issues.
But this time I cannot help myself.
Here's what happened. Late the other night I realized with a start that we had run out of cat food, so I dashed out for an emergency purchase, and was minding my own business, waiting in the checkout line at Pathmark (now there's a valid New Jersey connection!), nonchalantly flipping through the July 9th issue of People magazine, when lo and behold, in the upper right hand corner of page 64, there was a small photograph of a fanned-out sheaf of pages from Paris Hilton's Prison Journal.
THE AMERICAN REVELATION has been chosen as July Featured Book-of-the-Month by Bergen County Cooperative Library System www.bccls.org -- and the book continues its vibrant life in paperback as an increasingly-popular text for AP high school and introductory college history classes around the country.
From Choice Magazine, June 2007 THE AMERICAN REVELATION (St. Martins Press, paperback)
Here's an ideal summer read for Fourth of July.
Neil reflects on 10 ideals that helped define American identity, and the new meaning they've taken on in post-9/11 America. Listen here: Minnesota Public Radio