Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books (Hardcover)

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In 1980, a twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world’s abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Twenty-five years and one and a half million books later, he’s still in the midst of a great adventure. Filled with poignant and often laugh-out-loud tales from Lansky’s travels across the country as he collected books from older Jewish immigrants—books their own children had no use for—Outwitting History also explores brilliant Yiddish writers and enables us to see how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the Old World and the future.

About the Author


Aaron Lansky is the founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center (www.yiddishbookcenter.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts. The recipient of a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, he has helped fuel the renaissance of Jewish literature in this country. He lives with his family in western Massachusetts.
 

Praise For…


"A marvelous yarn, loaded with near-calamitous adventures and characters as memorable as Singer creations."
New York Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565124295
ISBN-10: 1565124294
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: October 5th, 2004
Pages: 328
Language: English