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« Reply #210 on: November 14, 2016, 05:03:27 PM »
Looking to purchase a book on the Rebbe as a gift. I haven't read any of them myself. Can someone recommend the "best" ones? I know there are many out there.
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« Reply #211 on: November 14, 2016, 06:38:17 PM »
Looking to purchase a book on the Rebbe as a gift. I haven't read any of them myself. Can someone recommend the "best" ones? I know there are many out there.

Loaded question. Three biographies were recently written, by Rabbis Adin Steinsalz, Joseph Telushkin and Chaim Miller. All three are good but very different styles. The former is written from a more personal angle, the latter two are biographies, albeit not objective ones.
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« Reply #212 on: November 14, 2016, 06:53:51 PM »
As long as I Live has got to be one of greatest inspirational books ever. this mans life causes us to appreciate the health we all (hopefully!) have and if , chalila lo aleinu, one doesn't, one can learn how extraordinarily steadfast this man clings to Hashem and how we must also. (the book writes that Rav Chaim Kaniefsy read the book and said its a ''must read'')

I have this book, it's a nice story, but I didn't feel the life-changing inspired vibes other people describe.
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« Reply #213 on: November 14, 2016, 07:05:09 PM »
Loaded question. Three biographies were recently written, by Rabbis Adin Steinsalz, Joseph Telushkin and Chaim Miller. All three are good but very different styles. The former is written from a more personal angle, the latter two are biographies, albeit not objective ones.

If you had to pick one. For someone who just wants to hear his story and know more about him, which would you buy?
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Re: DansDeals Book Club
« Reply #214 on: November 14, 2016, 07:06:09 PM »
Looking to purchase a book on the Rebbe as a gift. I haven't read any of them myself. Can someone recommend the "best" ones? I know there are many out there.

Take this for what it's worth: second-hand from reliable (IMHO) sources. Telushkin's is the most "inspiring" hence NYTimes bestseller; MIller's the most "authentic" historical account.

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« Reply #215 on: November 14, 2016, 07:42:55 PM »
If you had to pick one. For someone who just wants to hear his story and know more about him, which would you buy?
I found telushkin's to be the most enjoyable one to read

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« Reply #216 on: November 15, 2016, 06:16:42 PM »
MIller's the most "authentic" historical account.

In style, your source is probably right, but telushkin had access to much more information (documents etc.) than Miller.

I also think telushkin's book went through much more vetting to ensure the accuracy of everything.

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« Reply #217 on: November 15, 2016, 07:21:50 PM »
If you had to pick one. For someone who just wants to hear his story and know more about him, which would you buy?

Learn his Torah, you'll find something that isn't in any biography :) honestly, I wouldn't outright recommend any of the three, though all are an interesting read overall.

I found telushkin's to be the most enjoyable one to read

Same is true for all his books, at least the ones I read.

In style, your source is probably right, but telushkin had access to much more information (documents etc.) than Miller.

I also think telushkin's book went through much more vetting to ensure the accuracy of everything.

Vetted? I'm afraid the people who provided him with documents were selective/biased, same with their "checking for accuracy". But Friedman, Berger, Deutsch etc. are at least equally biased.
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Re: DansDeals Book Club
« Reply #218 on: November 15, 2016, 07:29:43 PM »
Loaded question. Three biographies were recently written, by Rabbis Adin Steinsalz, Joseph Telushkin and Chaim Miller. All three are good but very different styles. The former is written from a more personal angle, the latter two are biographies, albeit not objective ones.

Take this for what it's worth: second-hand from reliable (IMHO) sources. Telushkin's is the most "inspiring" hence NYTimes bestseller; MIller's the most "authentic" historical account.

I found telushkin's to be the most enjoyable one to read

In style, your source is probably right, but telushkin had access to much more information (documents etc.) than Miller.

I also think telushkin's book went through much more vetting to ensure the accuracy of everything.


Thanks everyone. I ended up going with Telushkin... because the other was sold out at BookDepository.com and I needed it shipped to Israel.   So that helped choose.


BTW that's a great site for anyone who wants to order any books to be shipped to Israel or other countries.
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Re: DansDeals Book Club
« Reply #219 on: November 15, 2016, 11:44:46 PM »
Looking to purchase a book on the Rebbe as a gift. I haven't read any of them myself. Can someone recommend the "best" ones? I know there are many out there.
I know u bought it already, but I found The Rebbe to be very informative and intresting. (I'd assume the style and possibly intentions of the authors is not what your looking for.)
The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson https://g.co/kgs/WwIYAG

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« Reply #220 on: June 12, 2017, 09:30:37 AM »
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of interesting tidbits about Chassidic Dynasties that I'd never seen before.

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Will-Lead-Us-Dynasties/dp/0520277236

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Re: DansDeals Book Club
« Reply #221 on: June 12, 2017, 10:09:37 AM »
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of interesting tidbits about Chassidic Dynasties that I'd never seen before.

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Will-Lead-Us-Dynasties/dp/0520277236

Don't know anything about this book, but the author co-wrote a book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe a few years ago which was full of mistakes and falsehoods.

ETA: I see someone mentioned that book in the previous​ post. 
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« Reply #222 on: June 12, 2017, 09:10:56 PM »
Don't know anything about this book, but the author co-wrote a book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe a few years ago which was full of mistakes and falsehoods.



All the books about the Lubavitcher Rebbe are full of mistakes and falsehoods, just depends on whose lies you want to believe

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Re: DansDeals Book Club
« Reply #223 on: October 11, 2017, 03:07:49 PM »
"The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland"

Cried, laughed, enjoyed the parts about the Lubavitcher figuring out why he was stuck in Gander.
Not sure how I haven't read it until now:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060559713/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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« Reply #224 on: October 11, 2017, 03:20:52 PM »
"The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland"

Cried, laughed, enjoyed the parts about the Lubavitcher figuring out why he was stuck in Gander.
Not sure how I haven't read it until now:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060559713/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

It looks really interesting!

Just want to say, on that note, I saw the Broadway musical 'Come From Away' and it was amazing and I had similar experiences. It's an incredibly moving story.
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