Marianne R. Sanua. Going
1895–1945. American Jewish Civilization Series. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003. 446 pp.
Diana Turk a1 a1 New York University, New York, New York
Marianne R. Sanua offers a balanced examination of a largely unexplored topic, the Jewish Greek subsystem that developed on American college campuses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and thrived until the closure, merger, or reorientation of many of these organizations in the 1960s and early 1970s. One of the first studies to take the Greek system seriously and recognize it for the social and cultural force it was during its heyday in the early part of the twentieth century, Sanua's book provides readers with rare access to the aspirations, concerns, and ideals of a large segment—estimated between one fourth and one third—of the American Jewish college-going population of this time period.