72nd National Jewish Book Awards Finalists
The Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 72nd National Jewish Book Awards live at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan as part of their inaugural Books That Changed My Life festival. Jewish Soldiers In The Civil War by Adam Mendelsohn came in as a finalist. The book explores when and why Jewish soldiers decided to enlist, explores their encounters with fellow soldiers, and describes their efforts to create community within the ranks. This monumental undertaking rewrites much of what we think we know about Jewish soldiers during the Civil War. Mendelsohn draws from the vast database of verified listings of Jewish soldiers serving in the Civil War collected by The Shapell Roster, as well as letters, diaries, and newspapers, to examine the collective experience of Jewish soldiers and to recover their voices and stories. You can purchase a copy of the book here, and learn more about Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War at The Shapell Roster online.