BOOKS: THE MAKING OF A ZEALOT

A JEWISH EXTREMIST RECALLS THE ROAD FROM BOROUGH PARK

WRATH IS CURRENTLY THE deadly sin of choice. If you were left out of the greedfest of the '80s, you can now rage against the growing gap between the haves and the have mores. If your job has gone to someone younger, prettier or darker, don't get even, get mad.

Such sociological rancor can be therapeutic. But there are historical hatreds so strongly rooted, they imprison the hater. Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist (Little, Brown; 246 pages; $22.95) is the story of a young man's attempt to break from his father's inflamed obsession with anti-Semitism and its central event of this...

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