Benjamin Disraeli utilizes previously igred or little kwn sources to provide new insights into how one of the most famous Jewish converts was viewed by the Jewish community he igred and by the larger Christian world that would t accept him. This book shows how a myth can take on a life of its own in the collective memory of the Jewish people, as well as in the thought processes of a variety of anti-Semitic groups. Its fresh approach to the life and lore of a colorful Victorian figure also raises the issue of ethnic identity and mirity acceptance in our pluralistic society.
Bernard Glassman is Visiting Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Book Review Editor for Conservative Judaism Quarterly. He is researching Anglo-Jewish history at Harvard University.