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Syposium: Expert Opinion
November 22, 2007
Christmas Shopping 2007

A Time for Recommendations:

Every Thanksgiving, National Review Online asks some regular contributors and friends for their suggestions for gift-giving for the upcoming Christmas season. This year, as often is the case, the list is book heavy — but is not without its surprises. We aim to help and hope it does.

On the human sciences, Jon Entine’s Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People is a forerunner of a new type of book we shall be seeing much more of, I think: genetically-informed history — in this case, of course, a history of the Jews. Lucidly written, and packed with fascinating facts and personal stories, Entine’s book sets a high beginning standard for this new genre.