The first review of the book, written by the excellent critic Adam Kirsch, is out. He calls it “informative and entertaining”—and also provides a thoughtful summary of its main themes.
What is it like to be a Jew in Germany in the postwar era? What would lead even a handful of Jews to choose to make their lives in the country that was responsible for the Holocaust? And how did the descendants of the perpetrators treat the descendants of the victims? These are the questions at the heart of Mounk’s book, which starts out as a memoir but evolves into something more like a history and a polemic. Accessibly written and full of humor—one chapter is titled “A Boy Named Jew,” after the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue”—Stranger in My Own Country uses Mounk’s own experiences to shed light on postwar German history and current German politics.
If you’d like to hear me talk about the book, I also did a podcast with Tablet, to which you can listen here.