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has been involved with human rights and international affairs for more than thirty-five years.
He is the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International USA and a longtime associate at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
work in New England, New York, and New Jersey, Rubenstein
has acted as Amnesty's spokesperson in numerous radio, television, and print interviews.
has also lectured widely on the Soviet human rights movement, including a series of lectures in Russian at the Mendeleev Institute
in Moscow in 1990-91.
has contributed articles and reviews on Soviet and international affairs to the New York Times
, Wall Street Journal
, Boston Globe
, New Republic
, The Nation
, and elsewhere.
The New York Review of Books called his
first book, Soviet Dissidents: Their Struggle for Human Rights, "sympathetic, scholarly, and comprehensive.
is also the author of Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, a biography of the controversial Soviet writer and journalist, which the New York Times Book Review called "convincing, judicious, and enjoyable.
fills in the historical background of the 15 victims, bringing them to life in biographical sketches, showing their records of achievement before their arrests and their varying degrees of complicity in their own victimization and their resistance to it.
What might have been a dry document of bureaucratic terror, a bloodless verbatim text, turns out to be a vivid, tragic panorama full of prickly individuals.
-The New York Times
biography of Leon Trotsky published by Yale University Press
is now available.
Joshua Rubenstein's official website
In Stalin's Secret Pogrom, Joshua Rubenstein--a highly regarded authority on Soviet history, human rights, and international affairs--provides annotations about the players and events surrounding the case.
In a long, compellingly written introduction, he
draws on newly released documents in Moscow archives and on interviews with relatives of the defendants in Israel, Russia, and the United States to set the trial in historical and political context and to offer a wrenching account of Stalin's anti-Semitic campaign.
neither condemns nor apologizes for Ehrenburg.
As Joshua Rubenstein
writes in his preface, "Leon Trotsky haunts our historical memory.
In this lucid and judicious evocation of Trotsky's life, Joshua Rubenstein
gives us an interpretation for the twenty-first century.