Alan Mendelson is Professor Emeritus (Religious Studies), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In 1965 he received an M.A. in the History of Ideas from Brandeis University, where he studied with philosopher Herbert Marcuse. His Ph.D. is from the Committee for the History of Culture at the University of Chicago (1971).He and George Grant briefly overlapped at McMaster from 1976 to 1980. Mendelson describes their relationship as distant but cordial. Mendelson has taught and published for more than three decades. Although he works mainly in the fields of ancient philosophy and religion, he believes that antiquity can inform modernity.
"This book was a revelation for me. As a Quebecker, I always thought that the anti-Semitism that used to flourish in my native province was the most poisonous to be found anywhere in Canada. Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned, from this excellent book, that historically the "genteel" anti-Jewish bigotry of Ontario's Anglo elite was more vicious then Quebec's more raucous brand - and had deadly consequences. This is an important book that deserves to be widely read and discussed."
Robin Brass Studio 2008
Exiles from Nowhere
The Jews and the Canadian Elite