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If I am Not for Myself
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An eloquent and deeply felt memoir exploring the author's complex relationship with his Jewish identity.
"Confessions of a Heretic" is a passionate, thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be Jewish in the twenty-first century. It traces the author's upbringing in 1960s Jewish-American surburbia, his anti-war and pro-Palestinian activism on the British left, and life as a Jew among Muslims in Pakistan, Morocco, and Britain. Interwoven with this are the experiences of his grandfather's life in Jewish New York of the 1930s and 40s, his struggles with anti-Semitism and the twists and turns that led him from anti-fascism to militant Zionism. In the course of this deeply personal story, Marqusee refutes the claims of Israel and Zionism on Jewish loyalty and laments their impact on the Jewish diaspora. Rather, he argues for a richer, more multi-dimensional understanding of Jewish history and identity, and reclaims vital political and personal space for those castigated as "self-haters" by the Jewish establishment.
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Mike Marqusee's books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting and Anyone but England. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.

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"A beautiful book." - Arundhati Roy Praise for Wicked Messenger. "A remarkable reflection on the culture of the sixties." - Mike Davis "An extremely entertaining and significant work that speaks to the challenges of our present tense as much as it hymns a lyric genius for all times." - Time Out "A fascinating and detailed analysis... his narrative [has] freshness, vigour and purpose." - Times Literary Supplement"

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