The best lesson one can draw from this book is that being a great industrialist does not necessarily convey expertise in other subjects. The International Jew began as a four-volume set of pamphlets, published by Henry Ford in the 1920s, in which he attempted to justify his anti-Semitic views by couching his beliefs not as racism but as "fact." ...
The best lesson one can draw from this book is that being a great industrialist does not necessarily convey expertise in other subjects. The International Jew began as a four-volume set of pamphlets, published by Henry Ford in the 1920s, in which he attempted to justify his anti-Semitic views by couching his beliefs not as racism but as "fact." What follows is an unwieldy and meandering set of essays in which Ford uses pseudo-science and third-rate sociology (as well as talk of conspiracy and "ancient prophecy") in an attempt to scientifically prove that "the Jew" is the biggest problem holding the world back. If something nice can be said about this book, it's that Ford is absolutely thorough in his accusations--perhaps an illustration of the kind of attention to detail that made him rise to such heights as a businessman. In his essays, he accuses the Jewish people of just about everything under the sun: fomenting Communism, gambling on baseball, making "Jewish Jazz" our national music, even conspiring with Benedict Arnold. Ford may have done as much as anyone in history to propel American industry into the future, but his anti-Semitic ramblings would have us stepping back into the Dark Ages.
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The inflammatory title does not refer to religious Jews or those of scrupulous conduct. It details the emergence of a kind of Jewish Mafia through the banking enterprises of Rothschild, Warburg, Schiff, Loeb, and Kuhn that overhauled Tammany Hall in NYC. The influence of money and money supply is a subject for many authors. Henry Ford is neither naive nor reticent about his analyses. The discussion of Bernard Baruch in particular. Much of history is hidden in the shadows. There is hardly any debate about the Rothschilds' role in the various European wars. This book was issued in the early 1920s and helps people today, in an era of "political correctness", understand the changes of power bases. Ford claims that Bolshevism was financed from NYC, for example. These types of books were critical to the emergence of Adolf Hitler, among others. But the book is not truly anti-Semitic: it does not condemn Jews ipso facto. It points out that the Yiddish culture lends itself to sub rosa arrangements. Much of the influence of Jews in the theatre and the movie industry is detailed. On this latter subject, many Jewish people would agree. Ford emphasizes that when publicity is given to the chicanery in the book, it shrivels up. The highly inflammatory topic of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is also covered, although Ford does not really care if they are authentic or not. But they do outline some recent events, he says. Whatever the cause of present American hypocrisy and war-mongering, this volume may shed some light upon. Should be read by Jew and Gentile alike, with an open mind.
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