Publishers Weekly reviews Capitalism and the Jews

The official publication date is February 17th, but we just saw a nice review for Capitalism and the Jews by Jerry Z. Muller in Publishers Weekly that noted, “In four fascinating essays, Muller (The Mind and the Market) sensitively examines how centuries of nomadism and diaspora have shaped Jewish financial life. …Muller backs up his bold assertion—that capitalism has been the most important force in shaping the fate of the Jews in the modern world—with elegance and care.”


  1. mike bochner says:

    Response…After reading the first essay it seems to me that Muller is unwilling to tackle the subject in the depth of its ambiguity. It’s true the usury and trade are often the source of creative capitalism that gives float to many boats if used wisely. But there are other sides. The loan shark or the payday loan operator are not viewed as much better than parasitic. When Anti-Semites rage they will cite Madoff, they will cite Goldman-Sachs. Such Jews can reflect poorly on our religion and our tradition when they use leverage in unfair ways against the desperate. It happens occasionally and it is a part of the story. To pretend otherwise is to underestimate what is really at stake. Monied interests are not always, and by definition, munificent. Self interest is a wonderful and natural thing, but then there are ethical lines. The perception and reality of this tension is what makes the subject worth examining. It doesn’t benefit the reader for Muller to be so polite about the subject.

  2. Good morning, I wanted to comment that I read the book in question and to fully understand what you mean you have to read the whole book, not just one hand, and that he wants to make clear is something global, so I recommend read the book to understand what the idea of the writer. Regards Nicolas.

  3. Response…The Jews suffered during the past century and that as brought an inner strength, that seems to be in the DNA. They are loyal to each other, have strong family ties and work together when they see opportunity, is this not what the book is all about ?