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  • The Lions' Den

  • Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky
  • By: Susie Linfield
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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By: Susie Linfield
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
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Summary

A lively intellectual history that explores how prominent midcentury public intellectuals approached Zionism and then the State of Israel itself and its conflicts with the Arab world

Cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight prominent 20th-century intellectuals struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and then with Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world. Constructed as a series of interrelated portraits that combine the personal and the political, the book includes philosophers, historians, journalists, and activists such as Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, I. F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky.

In their engagement with Zionism, these influential thinkers also wrestled with the 20th century's most crucial political dilemmas: socialism, nationalism, democracy, colonialism, terrorism, and anti-Semitism. In other words, in probing Zionism, they confronted the very nature of modernity and the often catastrophic histories of our time. By examining these leftist intellectuals, Linfield also seeks to understand how the contemporary Left has become focused on anti-Zionism and how Israel itself has moved rightward.

©2019 Susie Linfield (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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