Max Isaac Dimont (12 August 1912 – 25 March 1992) was a Finnish
American historian and author.
1 Early life
3 Death and legacy
Raised in a Jewish family in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Dimont
came to the United States in August 1929 with his mother and his
siblings. On the steerage passenger list of their ship, SS Berengaria
his place of birth is listed as Kovno, Lithuania, then part of the
On arrival, he was sent to the
Ellis Island hospital after being
certified as suffering from "simple goiter." He was discharged on
August 10 and the family set out for Cleveland, Ohio.
He taught himself the English language by reading Shakespeare, the
King James version of the Bible, and American plays.
After serving with U.S. Army intelligence in World War II, Dimont
worked in public relations and human resources for Edison Brothers
Stores in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1962, he published Jews, God and History, which received critical
acclaim and has sold over 1.5 million copies. The Los Angeles Times
has praised the book as "unquestionably the best popular history of
Jews written in the English language." After its publication, he
traveled and lectured extensively on
Jewish history throughout the
United States, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Finland.
Other works include The Indestructible Jews, The
Jews in America, and
Appointment in Jerusalem.
Death and legacy
Dimont died in 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri. He had been at work on a
second edition of Jews, God and History which was not yet finished.
His wife, Ethel, who had worked with him on this since 1955, completed
his work after his death and published the second edition in 1994,
with the assistance of their daughter, Gail Goldey.
Jews, God and History
The indestructible Jews: is there a manifest destiny in Jewish
Jews in America: The roots, history, and destiny of American Jews
Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People
Appointment in Jerusalem: A Search for the Historical Jesus
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