Book Review: Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky

April 2, 2014

Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky is a non-fiction book about saving a culture. It was sad to read about all the abondandoned books nobody wanted, but a great pleasure to read about the trials of trying to save these books.

  • 328 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; First Paperback Edit edition (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565125134

Book Review: Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky

My rating for Outwitting History5

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I love books about books.  This book is the last present I bought my grandfather before he died. I walked into a small bookstore and the owner recommended it to me (you simply cannot get this kind of service from the major book chains). I must have read half the book in a day, before I sent it to him, and got to finish it only after he passed away.

I’m glad I bought this book, he loved it and so did I.

The book tells the story of a graduate student trying to rescue Yiddish books from elimination, and all the characters he meets along the way. The book is easy to read, funny, inspiring, well writing and a page turner. A story of how one man’s passion triumph over the odds.

You can visit the Yiddish Book Center at their website, take a tour and even order customized books.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I bought this book.
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  • Tea Norman April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Ooooh, I’ll bet this is a yummy one.

  • Sharon Henning April 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I love reading about other books. I’m going to look it up now. Then when I get the book, I’ll probably look up all the books in that book.

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