A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Exploring the deeply complex issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among impassioned critics and supporters. Uncompromising even in the face of his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is a complex and supremely lonely figure whose self-destructive nature often undermines his academic credibility. A guaranteed argument starter, this potent documentary plunges viewers into the psychological and intellectual underpinnings of a vitriolic personality.
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[commenting on Alan Derschowitz's new book
I was asked to come in and discuss his new book. I went home and purchased one copy. In fact I purchased two copies. I read the book very carefully, I did what someone serious does with a book: I read the text, I went through the footnotes. I went through it very carefully, and there's only one conclusion one can reach having read the book... and this is a scholarly judgment, it's not an ad hominem attack; Mr. Derschowitz has concocted a fraud.