This book presents a passionate, thought-provoking account of the life of E. V. Morand, the author's Jewish-Irish grandfather, in inter-war New York. In recounting Morand's radical journey through religion and politics, his struggles with anti-Semitism and the twists and turns that led him from anti-fascism to militant Zionism, Marqusee paints a rich picture of the city's seamy political life; in the process he argues for a richer, more multi-dimensional understanding of Jewish history and identity.
MIKE MARQUSEE'S books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting and Anyone but England. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.