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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aaron Lansky Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Recipient of the MacArthur genius fellowship and founder of the National Yiddish Book Center, Lansky recounts his efforts to rescue the world's abandoned Yiddish-language books before they pass out of existence. Outwitting History follows Lansky's far-flung travels and features the engaging men and women he meets along the way.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book. It read like such a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/19/2014

    " This is a pretty amazing story about the preservation of Yiddish books, but it drags at times. Still, if you have any interest in books or in Jewish heritage, I would highly recommend reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/15/2014

    " The parts about people just dumping books, etc saddened me. I had a hard time with all the yiddish words interspersed and the number of people mentioned. Interesting history. There was humor in the parts about the people feeding them when they came to pick up books and how it took so much longer than they expected. Overall, I did enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/15/2014

    " This is non-fiction at its best--an interesting story in the hands of a master story teller, solid writer, a sense of humanity toward his/her fellow beings, and impassioned disciple of his/her topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/7/2014

    " I loved this book! The man who wrote it is a genuis..literally. he won a MacArthur genius fellowship for his work saving yiddish books and setting up a library in western Ma. This book is amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/6/2014

    " Most interesting account of the way in which one man saved millions of Uiddish books from extction in AMerican and then established the Yiddish Cultural Center in Amhearst, Mass. Leads one to want to read Yiddish literature "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoyed reading Aaron's story. The book is well written and it captured my emotions. I did need to take a break from it about half way through, but it is a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/31/2013

    " If this hadn't been a selection of my book club, I would never have heard of this book. The subtitle explains the plot, but the story is so well done, with so many interesting anecdotes, that it's a story which stays with you. One man's crusade can be inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/10/2013

    " Excellent, especially for a book lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/9/2013

    " What a great vision to save a fading literature, where most of it's readers and writers have died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 madi | 11/10/2013

    " Not only an amazing story, but a very entertaining read. Most of the stories are humorous and all of them are touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tsipi | 11/6/2013

    " Here's a man - Aaron Lansky - with a mission in his life - to save Yiddish books from the dumpster and to promote knowledge of Yiddish culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/2/2013

    " This book is filled with fascinating anecdotes. I enjoyed every minute of it - thanks, Flippy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caren | 6/5/2013

    " The story of one man's grass roots campaign to save Yiddish language books from extinction. Read it for one of my book clubs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/27/2012

    " I loved this book. It satisfied the 'collector' in me with tales of rescuing rare books, sometimes literally out of dumpsters. I also learned a lot about Jewish culture. It gave me a window into the world of my ancestors that I didn't have before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Harris | 1/18/2012

    " A gift from Unkie. An interesting read regarding what one person can do to save a language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 12/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an interesting and compelling story about how Aaron and his friends rescued Yiddush books. The cultural aspects of this journey were also fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookaholic | 6/24/2011

    " Do what you love - especially if it involves rescuing books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 4/23/2011

    " This book is amazing. It brought tears to my eyes. You must read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/30/2011

    " I liked this book at first, but it was just too drawn out and I didn't end up finishing it. Interesting store, ok execution of the writing part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 11/18/2010

    " A very quick read. Enjoyable,touching nonfiction tale of how the Yiddish Book Center was started. I was particularly interested because I visit the center a few times a year and my grandparents spoke Yiddish. Now I really want to be able to read it so I can enjoy the literature first-hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/10/2010

    "

    Most interesting account of the way in which one man saved millions of Uiddish books from extction in AMerican and then established the Yiddish Cultural Center in Amhearst, Mass. Leads one to want to read Yiddish literature "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 6/10/2010

    " One of the most interesting books I've read. Just goes to show what one person's idea can accomplish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookaholic | 4/13/2010

    " Do what you love - especially if it involves rescuing books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/5/2010

    " I loved this book. It read like such a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/16/2009

    " I loved this book. It satisfied the 'collector' in me with tales of rescuing rare books, sometimes literally out of dumpsters. I also learned a lot about Jewish culture. It gave me a window into the world of my ancestors that I didn't have before. "

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