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How identity politics failed one particular identity.
‘a must read and if you think YOU don’t need to read it, that’s just the clue to know you do.’ SARAH SILVERMAN
Jews Don’t Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.
It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should.
‘Jews Don’t Count is a supreme piece of reasoning and passionate, yet controlled, argument. From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel’s writing and thinking will transfix you…as readable as an airport thriller…a masterpiece.’
‘I don’t think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book. Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count is incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It’s also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read’
‘Brilliant, furious, uncomfortable, funny. Essential reading.’
‘I'm about a quarter of the way into this thus far and it's very well argued and written. It's a book you know the author HAD to write, and those are the best books’
‘I only big up work I really believe is good and this is extra-ordinarily good. And important’
‘This is brilliant – funny and furious, mostly at the same time’
‘A convincing and devastating charge sheet’ Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
‘It is so gripping – I read it in a single sitting’ Stephen Bush, The Times
‘A fascinating book, I urge you to read it’ Piers Morgan
‘I really think it’s a great book … the real triumph is its tone, its straightforwardness, and its spectacular tact and wit’ Adam Phillips, author of Monogamy
‘this short and powerful book shows, with remarkable humanity and humour, that no contemporary conversation about racism is complete without confronting antisemitism. An essential read – and a compulsory one too, if I had my way.’ Sathnam Sanghera
‘Funny, complex and intellectually satisfying – a really good piece of work’ Frankie Boyle
‘Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along’ Hadley Freeman
‘David Baddiel is a brilliant thinker and writer. Even when I disagree with him – especially when I disagree with him – I feel profound gratitude for his intellectual and moral clarity. This is a brave and necessary book.’ Jonathan Safran Foer
About the author
David Baddiel is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in London. He is also, would you believe, a Jew.