This is another in a series of “Guides” that JPS has published. They are all popular, accessible, easy-to-read basic books.
American Jewish History does not just start at the shores of America; it traces the Jewish experience from even before Jews started arriving in the United States of America.
Finkelstein provides exceptional stories, maps, and documents that show the extent of the Jewish contribution to America the country and to American society. He focuses on people, giving short biographies accompanied by pictures and portraits. Each section holds its own fascination. My particular favorite is the section devoted to the period 1914 – 1948 entitled “From Home to Homeland” which highlights the exciting tensions and creative spirit of American Jewry and Israel. This is a must read for any novice to American Jewish history.