ADVANCE PRAISE for America First
"Concise, deeply-researched, readable, and clearly-argued."
— Edward Shapiro, PhD, professor emeritus of history, Seton Hall University
"Elliot Resnick’s consideration of Sol Bloom in America First has forced me to reexamine my opinion of the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee…. I had previously all-too-easily accepted the cliché’s portrayal that he was too timid and meek, either afraid or unwilling to advance Jewish interests at the most important time in our people’s history. Resnick has proven these opinions wrong and Bloom emerges as a far more complex character, more deeply as a caring proud Jew."
— Michael Berenbaum, PhD, renowned historian, project director
overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Over 630 quotes on 330 different topics from 180 different rallies,
speeches, press conferences, and more
"Buy this book before it's banned!"
— Laura Loomer, Trump supporter, former congressional candidate, author of "Loomered"
from inside the book:
"[Waterboarding] works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they’re doing to us."
"I meet these two guys. I say, 'What do you do?' Good-looking guys, strong tough guys. They say, 'We're border guys.' I said, 'What border? We don't have borders anymore, do we?' I was actually surprised."
ADVANCE PRAISE for Movers & Shakers, Vol. 3
"Elliot Resnick is one of the finest interviewers in the business."
— Morton A. Klein, president, Zionist Organization of America
"Movers & Shakers, Vol.3 will leave readers both inspired and informed."
— Leah Barkoukis, featues editor, Townhall.com
"If you're planning on spending a week or two on a desert island with only a limited amount of reading material at your disposal, take this book to that island."
— Walter E. Block, professor of economics, Loyola University, author of 600 scholarly articles
Among the 61 people featured in this volume: Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Charles Murray, Heather Mac Donald, Sebastian Gorka, Bill Barr, Laura Loomer, Rabbi Nachman Kahane, Baruch Marzel, & Sivan Rahav-Meir.
ADVANCE PRAISE for Movers & Shakers, Vol. 2
"Human drama crackles from every page of this irresistible volume."
— Rabbi Daniel Lapin, TV host, founder of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians
"Elliot has done a superb job.... An imortant and entertaining read for our times."
— Aaron Klein, former radio host and bestselling author
"Elliot Resnick's incisive questioning of these fascinating and important people throws a unique light on a plethora of contemporary issues."
— Lawrence Schiffman, professor of Hebraic and Jewish Studies, New York University
Among the 60 people featured in this volume: Ben Shapiro, Rabbi Berel Wein, Elliott Abrams, Rabbi Dr. Nosson Slifkin, Yoram Hazony, Abie Rotenberg, Charles Krauthammer, David Horowitz, & Ben Zion Shenker.
ADVANCE PRAISE for Movers & Shakers, Vol. 1
"This book will inform and even inspire. I recommend it highly to all."
— Rabbi Berel Wein, popular historian, founder of the Destiny Foundation
"An excellent and diverse collection of interviews. The perfect gift for a friend."
— Miriam Grossman, MD, author of "Unprotected"
"These interviews are always informative and presented in a very pleasant fashion."
— Rabbi Hershel Schachter, rosh yeshiva, Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanan
Among the 60 people featured in this volume: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Governor David Patterson, Ambassador Yehuda Avner, Marc Shapiro, Rabbi Nosson Scherman, & Avner Gold.
"I felt my husband and son come to life when I read these divrei Torah."
— Mrs. Libby Kahane
"The lesson of the first Rashi in the Torah is that, in the end, there are no 'logical' or 'political' answers to the world. The ultimate answer is only the one: The Almighty created the land. He is the owner and in Him vests all title. He decreed the Jewish people to be His inheritance, and the land to be theirs. Let us believe it and shout it forth joyously."
* from Rabbi Meir Kahane's dvar Torah for Bereishit *
"What, then, is true peace? According to the Torah, peace is a result – a consequence of making the world a better place. And the first step in bettering the world is uprooting evil and evildoers from it. 'Sur me'ra' – turn from, or remove, evil. Making peace with evil or – even worse – giving in to it is the very opposite of what one should do if one wants to achieve true peace."
* from Rabbi Binyamin Kahane's dvar Torah for Pinchas *
ADVANCE PRAISE for Perfection
"Rav Dov Katz is not somone who needs my haskama. He was one of the gedolei ha'mussar."
— Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia
"Any student of Lithuanian Jewry, mussar, and the modern yeshiva movement will want to read this book."
— Zalman Alpert, periodical and reference librarian, Yeshiva University
"The mussar movement, in the words of Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin of Salant, came 'to change Jews, not Judaism.' This [work] will give one a glimpse into Jewish moral and spiritual greatness. It should be read by all."
— Rabbi Berel Wein, popular historian, author, and founder of the Destiny Foundation
Partial List of My Favorite Books
The War on Cops by Heather MacDonald: If you want to understand policing in America – why, for example, police seem to shoot black people so often (hint: it has something to do with who commits crimes) – this book is a must. It changed my thinking on crime.
Judaism and Psychology by Rabbi Abraham Amsel: There is one section in this book that’s boring thanks to a super long excerpt from Nefesh HaCheshbon. Otherwise it’s really good. One of Rabbi Amsel’s main theses is that almost every mental health problem is really a character problem – mostly stemming from lack of emunah. Yes, the book is very much not politically correct.
Uncomfortable Questions for Comfortable Jews by Rabbi Meir Kahane: I was absolutely mesmerized by this book when I first read it in 10th or 11th grade. Rabbi Kahane doesn’t really need an introduction. If you're going to read one Kahane book, I recommend this one; if you fall in love with him as I did, I recommend next reading his last book, Israel: Revolution or Referendum.
The First Tithe by Israel Eldad. The title is boring, but the book is anything but. Eldad was one of the heads of Lechi, which helped kick the British out of Palestine. Two of the most fascinating facts in the book: 1) Lechi actually looked into blowing up Buckingham Palace! 2) After the Altalena incident, Eldad suggested to Begin that they set up an independent Jewish state in Yerushalayim. (It’s unfortunately currently unavailable on Amazon, but perhaps used copies are available elsewhere.)
On Israel, I would recommend two other books: The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul by Yoram Hazony and Eim Habanim Semeichah by Rabbi Yissochar Shlomo Teichtal. A word of warning about the second book: Don’t read it unless you are open to making aliyah or feeling guilty for not doing so. Rabbi Teichtal was as charedi as they come, but changed his mind on Zionism during the Holocaust and wrote this sefer while the killing was ongoing.
What It Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray: This book is pretty slim, easy-to-read, and a good introduction to libertarianism. I’ve read most of Murray’s books. Almost everything he writes is good.
The Challenge of Creation by Rabbi Natan Slifkin: If you’re curious about apparent conflicts between science and Torah – particularly regarding the creation and age of the universe, I would recommend this book. The beginning of the book also has some great material on the religious assumptions undergirding the entire modern scientific enterprise. If you’re interested in conflicts between science and statements in Chazal, I highly recommend Rabbi Slifkin’s Mysterious Creatures with chapters on phoenixes, salamanders, unicorns, sea serpents, and more!
Animal Farm by George Orwell: Super clean, short, excellent. That’s how I would describe this work. If you want to read a perfect mashal on how communist (or “woke”) society develops and to where it leads, look no further. It’s really great, and a classic too.
The Nineteen Letters by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: Skip the long quotes from the nevi’im if necessary and most definitely skip Rabbi Elias’s notes (they undermine the book in an almost criminal manner). The rest of the book is gold. I’ve read it at least three times. It’s a very unique take on Judaism, although I still can’t say I understand it fully.
The Faith of Judaism by Rabbi Isidore Epstein: This book is an erudite exposition on Judaism and its place in the modern world.
Masters of the Word by Rabbi Yonatan Kolatch: You won’t find a better introduction to the mefarshim on Chumash than this. It has a chapter on every major meforash – when he lived, why he wrote his peirush, the nature of the peirush (pershat, derash, etc.). Volumes one and two are available. I believe volume three is set to be published soon.
The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond: If you’re a parent who suspects that something is off with modern parenting advice, read this book. You’ll find it refreshing. Yes, it will take you back to the spirit of the 1950s, but kids back then seemed pretty happy and well-behaved (and grew up to be successful adults), so why exactly did we abandon that era’s parenting attitudes and values?
The Holocaust in American Life by Peter Novick: This book challenges almost every orthodoxy about the Holocaust you’ve heard – that America is to blame for not saving more Jews, that studying the Holocaust in school is vital, that building Holocaust museums is wise, and more. I confess to agreeing with the author much more than I disagreed.
The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz: Another fascinating book (and, amazingly, a New York Times bestseller). It’s ostensibly about dietary fat – whether it’s good or bad for you. It’s really, however, about the politicization of science. If you want to know how a scientific consensus is really reached, read this book. (Hint: Tony Fauci was not the first doctor to use his powerful position to silence opponents.)
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