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HISTORICAL JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST. Black has authored an exhaustive, compelling, well-written and edited work. It is historical journalism at its best.
OVERWHELMING AND COHESIVE. Edwin Black's research is striking in its dimension and scope. The vast uncovering of source material and its extensive use are almost overwhelming. He succeeds in crystallizing the various aspects of an almost worldwide problem into fluid and cohesive analysis.
SPELLBINDING. A spellbinding, exciting book exploring new dramatic facets. Despite the voluminous literature on the Third Reich, Mandate Palestine, modern Zionism and the Holocaust, this subject had not been previously explored. It adds a significant new dimension to our understanding of this critical period.
METICULOUS, ESSENTIAL. Black...has meticulously documented this obscure but important slice of world history...makes an essential contribution to an understanding of Israeli politics and the strife in the Middle East today.
DEPRESSING DETAIL. Black reconstructs in depressing detail the (Jewish world’s) strident debates and acrimonious struggles ...while pursuing the increasingly unrealistic goal of bringing the Third Reich to its knees.
EXTRAORDINARY. A fascinating book creating controversy all across the country. Edwin Black applied his established investigative journalism techniques to history. The result is an extraordinary book: The Transfer Agreement.
METICULOUS, INCREDIBLE VOLUME. Meticulously researched... Black took five years to research and write this incredible volume...Black poses the controversial question: ‘Was it madness or was it genius?’ The many fascinated readers will have to decide for themselves.
INCREDIBLE, UNCANNY SKILL. Black brings an incredible amount of material together. With uncanny skill, he keeps it all under control. Five stars.
EXCITING, HEARTBREAKING. On one level, this book is an exciting spy story. On another, it is a heartbreaking account of anguished and bewildered human beings caught in a nightmare situation.
BRILLIANT. ...outlines brilliantly the historic roots of German anti-Semitism.
IMMENSE. ...five years of exhaustive research...The undertaking was immense.
EXHAUSTIVE. As a work of historical journalism, this book is exhaustive and compelling.
AN INCREDIBLE JOB. A passionate book certain to be controversial...(an) incredible job.
A PAINFUL CHAPTER. A struggle to write a painful chapter in Jewish history. What Black began uncovering was a tangled account of an anguished moment in history, one that he at the center had to piece together from... forgotten archives, newspapers from the pre-WWII era and government records.
HELPS UNDERSTANDING. In the hands of a different writer, this material...could have formed a much different story, damning Zionism and the State of Israel... It does not. Black is trying to increase our understanding and appreciation of what we have in the Jewish State of Israel and at what hidden costs.
COMPASIONATE. A compassionate longing for truth.
COMPELLING. ...an exhaustively documented and compelling book.
NEW GROUND. Important new ground. Black’s research efforts extend far beyond the capabilities of one or even two authors.
THE GREAT DILEMMA. Black...gives particulars on...the great dilemma of 1933—whether to concentrate on toppling the Nazi regime through boycott or the extrication of German Jews before it was too late.
WELL-DOCUMENTED. ...a well-documented, highly charged book that is likely to stir controversy.
RIVETING. (The Transfer Agreement) is riveting.
TOLD WONDERFULLY.  The Transfer Agreement tells the story of this tragic success wonderfully.
TREMENDOUS.  A tremendous canvas filled with people and events of extraordinary dramatic impact.  
FASCINATING. Edwin Black tells a fascinating, somber and painstakingly-researched tale of Zionist efforts to deal with the devil in order to save Jews from the Nazi clutches. It is a story that deserves to be far better known.
LIKE A MOVIE PLOT--BUT TRUE. It sounds like a plot for a movie on the late, late show . . . but it’s not a movie plot. It’s true. All of it. And all of it is detailed in this controversial book.
LIKE A SPY BOOK. It reads like a good spy book, something out of John LeCarre.
DID NOT SLEEP. I took it home and did not sleep half the night while I kept reading.
COMPELLING. Edwin Black has succeeded beyond my hopes and expectations of doing justice to the Jewish protagonists of this dreadful and depressing history. He has not shirked his painful task but accomplished it in a compelling, enlightened and sympathetic way.
ON THE AGENDA EVERYWHERE. This book will make an impression. It is controversial and will stir up the (Jewish) communities worldwide. Reactions pro and con will be heard. The book is the topic of the day and is on the agenda everywhere.
EXCITING. The most intriguing, interesting, exciting and thoroughly documented work I have read in many years.
FATEFUL. A contribution to our endeavor to see everything that creates and created Jewish faith in one of our most fateful hours.
A TOUR DE FORCE. Truly a brilliant piece of work. It has captured the passion, ferocity, exultation and yes, naiveté of that moment in history. . . an artistic tour de force.
EXCELLENT. Excellent and revealing. Fills the vacuum in the history of both the German economy and of the Zionist movement. This book is informative, exciting, as well as challenging and morally disturbing.
PROBING. Using the techniques of a mystery thriller mixed with historical analysis, Edwin Black has created an exciting, probing account of this critical point in modern history.
RICH.  A crisply written, richly documented history of a dark corner of Holocaust history . . . informs and enlightens without the rancor of retrospection.
THE FULL STORY FOR THE FIRST TIME. Despite the enormity of its economic and human importance to the Jews of Europe and the development of Palestine, the entire subject is conspicuously absent from almost all standard histories of the period. But... Edwin Black’s book, The Transfer Agreement, tells the full story for the first time. It vividly describes in tense style the minute-to-minute negotiations as Zionists rushed to save who and what could be saved in the face of a darkening future
THE FIRST.  Black is the first to investigate the origins of the 1933 agreement, the international political and economic context in which it was drawn up, the leading persons involved, the repurcussions within Jewish and Zionist organizations, and the long-term results... Black, who conducted research on three continents with the aid of research assistants, has written a detailed, dramatic study of one of the first significant acts of appeasement of the Third Reich and of Jewish history on the eve of the Holocaust.