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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 2nd 2005
Pages no: 316
Edition language: English
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This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. Once I picked it up, I had go on until I was finished. This is the story of Aaron Lansky and his quest to save Yiddish books. At a time when even most Jews had given Yiddish up as dead, Lansky had the vision to rescue the lost books of ...
Outwitting History really is a bit of an adventure story, but it's also an emotional education on Jewish culture, the history of Yiddish, and (a bit) the development and operation of a non-profit organization.I listened to this book from audible.com, read by George Guidal, and I'm glad I did. He rea...
This is one of those amazing books, that is a well-written, engaging narrative, as well as chock full of information on a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. Lots of great stuff about books, and generations, and culture. Although this is about a specific effort to save Yiddish books, it has b...