An Enemy of the People: Anti-Semitism; and The Jewish Problem in the Modern World, by James Parkes
James Parkes is not a dispassionate author. With obvious good will, and a purpose far beyond the presentation of facts, he works with a missionary zest: he wants to acquaint the Gentile reader with the full truth about the Jews and about anti-Semitism. And although he does not say so himself, he allows his publishers to claim that the reading of his books might cure the anti-Semite, or at least, lead him on the road to recovery from an abnormal mental attitude.
To his task the author brings a fund of historical knowledge, especially about the Jews and Judaism, a fine feeling for justice and morality in personal relationships, a gift for popular writing, and a very real appreciation of the scope of his task—evidenced when he says that about 95 per cent of the population, including the Jews themselves and those who have made a deep study of the question, are at least slightly unbalanced on it.
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