Outwitting History

The Amazing Adventures of A Man Who Rescued A Million Yiddish Books

Lansky, Aaron, 1955-

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Outwitting History
Workman Press.
In 1980, a twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world’s abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late. Twenty-five years and one and a half million books later, he’s still in the midst of a great adventure. Filled with poignant and often laugh-out-loud tales from Lansky’s travels across the country as he collected books from older Jewish immigrants—books their own children had no use for—Outwitting History also explores brilliant Yiddish writers and enables us to see how an almost-lost culture is the bridge between the Old World and the future.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how the author, alarmed by the rapid disappearance of Yiddish culture and literature, put out a worldwide appeal for unwanted Yiddish works, a campaign that led to the rescue of more than 1.5 million volumes.

& Taylor

The author explains how he founded the National Yiddish Book Center, and describes the worldwide effort he currently leads to collect unwanted Yiddish books and save the Yiddish language from extinction.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1565124294
Branch Call Number: 002.075 L
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 21 cm.


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