The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene

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By Melissa Fay Greene. On October 12, 1958, Atlanta's oldest synagogue was blown apart by 50 sticks of dynamite. Suddenly, the Jewish Reform community found itself caught in the crossfire of white-black hostilities. As this historical narrative weaves together the emotional events that led to the bombing, it introduces us to brave warriors like Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, the lightning rod for the pre-dawn attack, as well as violent characters whose intolerance and rage shattered the illusions of a quiet people.

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Melissa Fay Greene was a paralegal with Legal Services in McIntosh County, Georgia, when the events that make up her award-winning book Praying for Sheetrock (1991) took place. A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National Book Award finalist, Praying for Sheetrock is set in the early 1970s, when the struggle for civil rights that had been going on for years in other parts of the U.S. finally came to McIntosh County. Greene's next book, The Temple Bombing (1996) was the winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was also a National Book Award finalist. It concerns the 1958 bombing of the Temple, the oldest synagogue in Atlanta.
Published January 1, 1996 by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Perseus Books Group, 1996. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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An urgent, fiery reconstruction of a tragic moment in the history of Atlanta, a moment when the combustible mix of black oppression, Jewish liberalism, and white anxiety finally blew up in an otherwise peaceful city.

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In 1958, anti-Semitic white supremacists dynamited Atlanta's oldest Jewish synagogue, whose rabbi, Pittsburgh-born Jacob Rothschild, was an outspoken advocate of integration.

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PW gave a starred review to this NBA nominee, the ""spellbinding"" history of an Atlanta synagogue and its congregation's place in the civil rights movement.

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Originally posted Apr 19, 1996 Published in issue #323 Apr 19, 1996 Order article reprints

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