O Powerful, Western Star!
The movement to rescue Soviet Jewry was centuries in the making—a history that is, according to Peter Golden, “as intricately entwined as Alençon lace.” In this highly readable study, Golden explores events across three continents that converged to propel American Jewry into the midst of the Cold War. Beginning with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and its meaning to a Russian Jewish grain dealer living in Rostov-on-Don, O Powerful Western Star! leads us through the breathtaking cultural and political changes in America and Russia, and chronicles the impact of the Second World War, the Holocaust, the founding of Israel, and the social upheaval of the 1960s on American and Soviet Jews.
Along with original documents, published histories, newspapers, journals, and magazines, Peter Golden draws on his personal interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Larry Eagleburger, Richard Perle, Jacob Birnbaum, Max M. Fisher, Shoshana S. Cardin, and many other individuals connected to the events.