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Winner of the
SOUTHERN BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
Finalist for the
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Winner of the
GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK AWARD
Winner of the
HADASSAH MYRTLE WREATH AWARD
Winner of the
GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner of the
ACLU NATIONAL CIVIL LIBERTIES AWARD

“.......at a time when relations between blacks and Jews are of lethal importance, when we’re trying to understand our wildest militias, this book is as illuminating as it is shocking. I learned a great deal from Ms Greene, and so will many readers who think their lives are disconnected from history.”
New York Times Book Review

"Superbly drawn . . . Greene's prose is graceful and intuitive. She is far more than a journalist or historian; she is a Southern storyteller in the true tradition of the artist who reveals the wisdom, humanity and frailty of ordinary people."
The Miami Herald

“Greene is both a spectacularly evocative writer and an accomplished social historian........this is stay-up-past-your-bedtime stuff.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

“The Temple Bombing is an important book that brings to life a pivotal time and place in Southern history”.
Washington Post

“Greene writes beautifully, and she adeptly handles a massive amount of research. So vivid is her tale of Rothschild that when I got to his funeral,
I wept, as though I’d lost an old friend”.
Detroit Free Press

“Greene is a talented storyteller and has provided a sobering and important reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in recent American history......
.....a notable achievement.”
The Boston Sunday Globe

“Ms Greene’s real contribution may be the rich portrait of the well heeled highly assimilated segment of Southern Jewry - a population that, having no Bellow or Roth to capture its rhythms, has often been overlooked. [She] offers a fascinating portrait of the complexities of American Jewish culture”.
Deborah Lipstadt, Forward

“Greene’s book reminds us that, despite what’s being preached by Louis Farrakhan and others, there was a time - not so long ago - when Jews and African-Americans worked together, often at great personal cost, for equality and freedom”.
Francine Prose, Elle

Combining the historian's urge for accuracy with a sociologist's sense of social nuance and a writerly passion for the beauty of language, Melissa Fay Greene revisits an ugly moment in Atlanta's history in The Temple Bombing.  By showing the forces that led to this act of bigotry and terrorism and introducing us to the brave leaders who decried it, the author serves the past by recreating it, and the future, by refusing to forget what has come before.  The Temple Bombing is an act of witness against the chaos, at once sickening, elegant, and heartfelt.
The National Book Foundation, 1996 Nonfiction Finalist Award

 

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Last Man Out l The Temple Bombing l Praying for Sheetrock
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