The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism
From Ancient Times to the Present Day
Reviews and Awards
Succinctly summarizes the research and debates on the subject that have been ongoing for many years We are once again indebted to Professor Laqueur for writing a work that is highly informative and very readable. - The Jewish Voice and Opinion
An interesting general analysis of the variations of anti-Semitism over the past 2000 years.... Laqueur's major strength is his critique of contemporary issues, especially the role of Israel in anti-Semitic thought, and the question of the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. - Library Journal
Well-researched and written by a very perceptive scholar. Especially worth reading and contemplating are the chapters on the modern era. - Washington Jewish Week
Walter Laqueur provides us with powerful new insights into an age-old problem. Distinguished scholarship and an authoritative moral voice are the hallmarks of this important book. Anyone wanting to understand the history and persistence of anti-Jewish hatred should read it. - Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League and author of Never Again?: The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism
Once more, Walter Laqueur has brought his formidable learning, incisive style, and sheer brilliance in writing concise and yet gripping history to a subject matter of extraordinary complexity. The result is vintage Laqueur and an extremely valuable contribution to the subject of the history of antisemitism. - Michael Stanislawski, Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History, Columbia University
Walter Laqueur has written a thoughtful book about a difficult subject, bringing history and his own keen analytical skill together in a new way. Engagingly written, it offers both an overview of the past and an analysis of the 'new antisemitism.' He treats anti-Semitism sympathetically, even as he largely avoids the apologetics that characterize so much writing on the subject. - Mark R. Cohen, author of Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages
A remarkable and eminently readable review of anti-Semitism throughout history from the persecution of the early Israelites in Egypt to the recent attacks on Jewish targets in twenty-first century Europe. Laqueur describes with skill and precision antisemitism's context in every era - be it economic, religious, social, or political.
A brilliant, lucid and compelling survey of a social, psychological, cultural, political and intellectual malady that has preoccupied and distorted European and Arab societies, Christian and Muslim civilizations, and both the political right and the political left. In this short volume, Laqueur provides an elegant, fast-paced and immensely readable account of a complex, confounding and still-mutating condition that continues to afflict our world. This book is a vital contribution to our understanding of an important and disturbing dimension of our past - and, as Laqueur so incisively shows, of our present and our future. There is no other book like it.