Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

The New York Times post­ed an arti­cle yes­ter­day on an upcom­ing title from Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty Press called Refugees and Res­cue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDon­ald, 1935 – 1945 (edit­ed by Richard Bre­it­man, Bar­bara McDon­ald Stew­art, and Sev­erin Hochberg). The arti­cle, Roo­sevelt and the Jews: A Debate Rekin­dled,” can be found here.

And, as I read the arti­cle, I con­ve­nient­ly received anoth­er book which dis­cuss­es an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent and his rela­tion­ship to the Jew­ish peo­ple. This title, A Safe Haven: Har­ry S. Tru­man and the Found­ing of Israel (Allis Radosh and Ronald Radosh), is being pub­lished this month by Harp­er and exam­ines why Har­ry S. Tru­man decid­ed to rec­og­nize the state of Israel. The authors trace the pros and cons Tru­man faced while deter­min­ing whether or not to make the deci­sion to rec­og­nize Israel, draw­ing from archival mate­ri­als through­out the U.S., Israel, and Great Britain, and bring­ing to light details that con­tributed to his ulti­mate deci­sion. To read more about the title, please vis­it here.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.