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  • Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End
  • By: Norman G. Finkelstein
  • Narrated by: Tyler Crandall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Knowing Too Much

By: Norman G. Finkelstein
Narrated by: Tyler Crandall
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Summary

Traditionally, American Jews have been broadly liberal in their political outlook; indeed African-Americans are the only ethnic group more likely to vote Democratic in US elections. Over the past half century, however, attitudes on one topic have stood in sharp contrast to this group's generally progressive stance: support for Israel.

Despite Israel's record of militarism, illegal settlements, and human rights violations, American Jews have, stretching back to the 1960s, remained largely steadfast supporters of the Jewish 'homeland'. But, as Norman Finkelstein explains in an elegantly-argued and richly-textured new book, this is now beginning to change.

Reports by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, and books by commentators as prominent as President Jimmy Carter and as well-respected in the scholarly community as Stephen Walt, John Mearsheimer, and Peter Beinart, have increasingly pinpointed the fundamental illiberalism of the Israeli state. In the light of these exposes, the support of America Jews for Israel has begun to fray. This erosion has been particularly marked among younger members of the community. A 2010 Brandeis University poll found that only about one quarter of Jews aged under 40 today feel "very much" connected to Israel.

In successive chapters that combine Finkelstein's customary meticulous research with polemical brio, Knowing Too Much sets the work of defenders of Israel such as Jeffrey Goldberg, Michael Oren, Dennis Ross, and Benny Morris against the historical record, showing their claims to be increasingly tendentious. As growing numbers of American Jews come to see the speciousness of the arguments behind such apologias and recognize Israel's record as simply indefensible, Finkelstein points to the opening of new possibilities for political advancement in a region that for decades has been stuck fast in a gridlock of injustice and suffering.

©2012 Norman Finkelstein (P)2012 OR Books LLC

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Awful narration "Nuke-ular" and "Raison de entree"

I'm 2 hours into this audio book right now. The content is interesting. However the narration is comically bad.

There have been so many mispronunciations of words that I've laughed and cried in equal measure.

This is a heavy subject with a huge amount of context, so having the narrator talk about "Eye-rinnians" (Iranians), "nuke-ular weapons" (I remember how the slow children at school were laughed at for saying nukeular) and "the lobby's raison de entree" (presumably raison d'etre), to give 3 quick examples, really does the book a disservice.

The only positive note about the narration is that he's not tried to get all emotive. But basically, the narrator isn't, in my opinion, up to the task of narrating this book if he consistently makes such glaring mistakes. Also, I don't know who quality checks audio books before releasing them, but surely they would have spotted all the cock-ups.

My advice to whichever company published this audio book would be to get a decent narrator and start again.

I'll carry on with the book and will put an accurate score for the content, but get the feeling that some of it is going to get through grated teeth because of the shoddy narration.

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Ridiculous Narration

Hugely important and impressive book.

Narrator is ridiculously bad.

Mispronunciation of so many words is distracting

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Excellent book

The book is informative, but the narrator's mispronouncing of even commonplace words is rather grating. The cadence is good, but the pronunciation is awful.

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Good overview but narrator was terrible

Good overview of the salient points regarding the conflict.
the narrator should have made the effort to learn how to pronounce certain names and words correctly. very monotonous.

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The Finkster

Would you consider the audio edition of Knowing Too Much to be better than the print version?

No. I found it very hard to listen to this without Normans voice behind it, in fact I scrapped the audio and read the book instead. I am a huge fan of Finkelstein and believe me, if you love his work you would know that it is nothing without his New York/ Yiddishy almost monosyllabic voice and tone .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Knowing Too Much?

The Narrators voice, it was awful .

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