Book Review: Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin
Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History by Joseph Telushkin is a moving and hope-filled book about a man who had seen the worst that humanity can do but still believed in our best traits. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, "the Rebbe", was quite a man. He was educated at European universities before World War II, he experienced losses because of the war, he believed in love for all Jews but to start with your neighbor and so much more. One thing readers will really enjoy about this book is that Telushkin does not hold anything back from the reader. We see the Rebbe from many different sides. There are personal letters, diary entries, sermons, and newspaper articles; and not just what the Rebbe wrote about himself but what was written about him. At the end of the book there is a very helpful timeline of the Rebbe’s life from birth to death with what he was doing in each year. It helps to place everything in the book in context. Request it today from the Hoover Public Library.
Review: John Quincy Adams by Fred Kaplan
John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan is an intense and extensive biography. The book is 672 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. Much of Kaplan’s resources are letters and diary entries from Adams himself so the reader feels that they have a good idea about who the man really was. Kaplan’s writing style is readable but his treatment of the subject is very thorough. Kaplan gives a full account of Adams life from birth to death. Kaplan walks the reader from the hopes and dreams that Adams' parents had for him to the handling of his final affairs. In addition to the diary entries, Kaplan provides essays and poetry written by Adams. These touches give this biography something very special and genuine.