From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling:
From “I Like Ike” to razor-wire and National Guard troops ringing the U.S. Capitol, from Carl Perkins’s “Blue Suede Shoes” to Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Meat Cleaver,” the United States has changed. Seven decades of material abundance and unprecedented technological advances have entwined with pronounced social and cultural fragmentation. What ― and who ― can explain this peculiar transformation of the land of the free and home of the brave? In From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling: Co-Starring Richard Nixon, Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, the Supremes, and Barack Obama, Eric Rozenman takes readers on an often wry, but always substantive, journey through the past 65 years of American culture. The author provides first-hand accounts of key players and events. Presidents, prime ministers, dictators, rock stars, movie stars, survivors, protesters, and a Miss America all have their say. An FBI investigation of the author makes clear that those in charge didn’t know the half of it. Bob Hope and Shirley Temple Black, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel are among those who paint the era’s impressionistic portrait, by turns entertaining and tragic. Through a fast-moving series of vignettes, From Elvis to Trump highlights a nation and a time that concludes – brakes screeching before a STOP sign that was there all along – in unparalleled change and challenge.
It is not often that a reminiscence is at once enjoyable and informative with no trace of self-importance. From Elvis to Trump is the odyssey of a Midwestern Jewish journalist committed to the inalienable right to root for his home team, savor Elvis, and not be lied to by the press. The wit is so natural, the style so delightful, the stories interesting on so many levels, both as personal vignettes and in historic context the profundity and seriousness of its message is almost obscured But only almost. Eric Rozenman has given us a truly remarkable montage.”
—Juliana Geran Pilon Senior Fellow Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
In From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling, journalist Eric Rozenman shares astute observations on the evolution of American society and politics over the past 65 years in a witty, easy-to-read style. In part travelogue, part personal diary, Rozenman reflects on first-hand encounters with presidents, prime ministers and dictators, beauty queens and movie stars, grenades and Molotov cocktails. He brings history to life in the United States, Israel and Europe. From Elvis to Trump is an excellent read.”
— Donald L. Losman, Ph.D., Professorial Lecturer in International Relations, George Washington University, (ret.)
Eric Rozenman is irritated by the past 65 years of American history, the American Jewish community, Congress, several presidents, and countless other public figures. He turns that into a cogent picture of American politics and an eminently relatable trip through time from Vietnam to the 2020 presidential election. Even if—especially if—you didn’t live through those years, you will find a perspective shared by millions of Americans and better understand who we are as a people. A significant achievement; and fun.”
— Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director, Jewish Policy Center
Jews Make the Best Demons:
‘Palestine’ and the Jewish Question
Is it time for Jews to leave Europe? cover stories in Atlantic and Commentary magazines have asked.
“Hitler didn’t finish the job!” a mob at San Francisco State University screamed at pro-Israel students. Agitators at the University of Texas forced a visiting Israeli professor to go about in disguise. Progressive students at Oberlin College dismissed the Holocaust as merely “white-on-white” crime. Such examples proliferate as an anti-Zionist/antisemitic indoctrination intensifies.
Israel is the only Western-style democracy in the greater Middle East, a world-leader despite its small size in medicine, science and technology and is the effective first-responder in many global humanitarian relief efforts. Yet international public opinion surveys find it ranked as one of the chief threats to world peace; 20 percent of Europeans wish their countries were free of Jews.
What happened to the post-1945 world of “Never Again!”? In Jews Make the Best Demons: “Palestine” and the Jewish Question,” published October, 2018 by New English Review Press, Eric Rozenman examines how we got here, the danger posed not only for the Jewish state and Jews everywhere but also for the United States and the rest of the self-doubting liberal West. He outlines what must be done to halt the post-modern propagation of pre-modern beliefs.
Theodore Herzl and the other founders of political Zionism expected their Altneuland, the old-new Jewish state, to at long last normalize the status of the Jewish people, so often in their 2,000-year statelessness marginalized and massacred. Instead, Rozenman shows, antisemitism resurrected through anti-Zionism has made Israel the Neualtjude, the new-old Jew, in the process indicting the Jewish people not as demonic “Christ-killer” but rather as demonic “nation-killer” of the Palestinian Arabs.
Jews Make the Best Demons illuminates how:
- From the Enlightenment on “the Jewish question” troubled Western intellectuals;
- The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, despite early exposure as a czarist forgery, became the mother of anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, widely distributed by Henry Ford, Adolf Hitler and today across the Middle East;
- The classical and medieval blood libel against the Jews has been incorporated, in newer “water-theft” and “organ-stealing” guises and repeatedly in its original form as part of the anti-Israel “Palestinian narrative;
- Twentieth century Palestinian terrorism, especially as tolerated by the West when largely targeting Israel and Jews, served as gateway drug to twenty-first century Islamist terrorism;
- Post-modern, secular fundamentalist Western academics, in their deconstructed denial of objectivity, empiricism and factual history itself, have enabled the return of Jew-hatred from the fringe to the mainstream. As Enlightenment intellectuals tarred the Jews as unassimilable reactionaries, contemporary post-modernists—anti-nationalist, anti-religious and anti-liberal—have demonized Israel. In doing so they’ve reopened, with malevolent force, the Jewish question. Jews Make the Best Demons recalls journalist Jonathan Rosen’s realization, post 9/11, that people again were asking, “What, are you Jews still here?”
Rozenman, a former editor of the Washington Jewish Week and B’nai B’rith’s International Jewish Monthly magazine, argues that this merger seeks to make of the Jewish state and people what the medieval Church, Marx and Hitler ultimately made of the stateless, oppressed, “wandering Jew”—the Devil incarnate, mankind’s perpetual, demonic enemy
“Copiously researched and elegantly written, this book offers an uncommonly insightful analysis into the alarming increase in antisemitism and its offshoot, anti-Zionism, throughout the world. This is a brilliant book that should be required reading for anyone concerned about the oldest prejudice threatening our civilization once again.”
— Juliana Geran Pilon, Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
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“Rozenman’s cry from the heart establishes the clear connection between the old antisemitism and the new anti-Zionism. Only the blind or the wicked can deny his truth, proven by exemplary research; everyone else will learn from him.”
— Daniel Pipes, Founder of Middle East Forum