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Let’s Read ‘General Grant’!

Introducing Scroll Book Club

Marc Tracy
March 13, 2012
(Margarita Korol/Tablet Magazine)
(Margarita Korol/Tablet Magazine)

Today, Jonathan Sarna’s When General Grant Expelled the Jews, the latest Nextbook Press offering, was published. It may be purchased at an online or bricks-and-mortar bookmonger near you.

Seems like a good time to inaugurate a continuing if irregular feature: Scroll Book Club. Every so often, I’ll choose a book. We’ll agree to have read a certain part of it by a certain date, at which point I’ll write a little something, and all of it by a certain, later date. You guys will submit questions for the author. And the author will answer them on The Scroll in a format to be determined later.

First book: why, how about When General Grant Expelled the Jews! (No, they won’t always be Nextbook Press titles.) It’s a brisk tome. What say we agree to read the first half—up to Chapter 4, ” ‘To Prove Impartiality Toward Israelites’ “—by Wednesday, March 28.

And do leave suggestions for which future books you would like to see Scroll Book Club tackle.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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