The following links and bibliography are not comprehensive. Moreover, given the ever changing nature of the web, some links will soon be out of date. Nonetheless, the material provides access to a large body of data for those interested in exploring the extent to which Jews are disproportionately represented amongst the great achievers in such a wide range of fields. There are also references to Jewish history and culture which may be helpful to those interested in delving into why Jews are disproportionately counted amongst great achievers.
Web-sites Identifying Prominent Jews, Most Providing Bio-sketches
Wikipedia An extensive listing of Jews organized by respective fields of prominence such as performing and visual arts, literature and journalism, politics, Military, etc. The site includes a section on controversial Jews.
JInfo This is a major site listing important Jews by field of prominence including all the Nobels, various academic disciplines and other fields such as "chess."
Yahoodi Includes lists of Jews, again by fields of prominence. Involves an element of "nominating" and "voting" which may result in less accuracy than similar sites.
Jewish Heroes This is a less robust site, but it does list prominent Jews.
Jewish-American Hall of Fame The site of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame with its listing of Famous American Jews. More limited in terms of coverage, but provides bio- sketches of important figures
Israel SciTech One of many pages within the Israel Science and Technology Web-site which refers to itself as "the national database and directory of science and technology related sites in Israel. This page accesses the database of Jewish Nobel laureates using strict "interpretation of the laws of the Hebrew Scriptures to define who is Jewish."
Jewish Virtual Library An excellent listing of important Jews sequenced alphabetically with bio-sketches. A related site is shown directly below.
Forward is a list of 50 Jews the publishers of Forward believe are "likely to be in the news in the year ahead. . . who are doing and saying things that are making a difference. . ."
American Jewish Historical Society This is a portion of the site of the American Jewish Historical Society. It features an "Archive of American Jews in Sports." Linked to the site http://www.jewsinsports.org
Jewish Sports (.org) This site is "dedicated to honoring Jewish sports figures. . . "
Jewish Sports (.net) Includes the inductees into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Arthur HuThis is one of the original Web-sites exploring the disproportionate level of Jewish achievement. Hu also explores comparisons with Asian disproportionate accomplishment.
National Museum of American Jewish Military History Site of the NMAJMH; provides lists and bio-sketches of Jewish military heroes, including Medal of Honor winners.
Florida Atlantic University This site also features Jewish military heroes.
Books Listing Prominent Jews, Most Providing Bio-sketches
Chetkin, Len, Guess Who's Jewish (you'll never guess) Norfolk/Virginia Beach: The Donning Company/Publishers 1985
Etkes, Asher B and Saul Stadtmauer, Jewish Contributions to the American Way of Life, Long Island City, NY: Northside Publishing Inc. 1995
Felder, Deborah G. and Diana Rosen, Fifty Jewish Women Who Changed the World, New York, NY: Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Company, 2003
Horvitz, Peter S. The Big Book of Jewish Athletes, SPI Books, 2002
Lyman, Darryl, Jewish Heroes and Heroines, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1996
Lyman, Darryl, Great Jews in Music, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1986
Lyman, Darryl, Great Jews on Stage and Screen, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1987
Lyman, Darryl, The Jewish Comedy Catalogue, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1995 and 2000
Lyman, Darryl, Great Jews in the Performing Arts, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1999
Lyman, Darryl, Great Jewish Families, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1997
Shapiro, Michael. The Jewish 100 – A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Times, New York, New York: Citadel Press, Published by Kensington Publishing Corp., 1994
Slater, Elinor, and Robert, Great Jewish Men, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1996
Slater, Elinor and Robert, Great Jewish Women, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1998
Slater, Robert, Great Jews in Sports, Middle Village, New York: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 2000 edition
Symons, Allen. The Jewish Contribution to the 20th Century, Hampton, Middlesex, England: Polo Publishing, 1997
Symons, Allen. Nobel Laureates, 1901 – 2000, Hampton, Middlesex, England: Polo Publishing, 2000
Reference Books and Non-fiction Books Featuring Prominent Jews
American Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish Desk Reference, New York, New York: The Philip Lief Group, Inc. 1999
Birmingham, Stephen. Our Crowd – The Great Jewish Families of New York, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1967
Birmingham, Stephen. The Grandees – The Story of America's Sephardic Elite, New York, New York: Dell Publishing Company, Inc. 1971
Chernow, Ron. The Warburgs – The 20th-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, New York, New York: Random House, 1993
Cohen, Rich. Tough Jews – Fathers, Sons and Gangster Dreams, New York, New York: Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, Inc., 1999
Gabler, Neal. An Empire of Their Own – How the Jews Invented Hollywood, New York, New York. Anchor Books, 1988
Gilbert, Martin. The Jews in the Twentieth Century – An Illustrated History, New York, New York: Schocken Books, a Division of Random House, 2001
Harris, Leon. Merchant Princes: An Intimate History of the Jewish Families Who Built Great Department Stores, New York, New York: Harper & Row 1979 and Kondansha America, 1994.
Korman, Abraham K. The Outsiders: Jews and Corporate America. Lexington, Mass.: D.C Heath and Company/Lexington Books, 1988
Lustiger, Arno. Stalin and the Jews, New York, New York: Enigma Books by arrangement with Aufbau Verlag GMBH
Morton, Frederic. The Rothschilds, Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett Crest Publications, Inc.,1961
Silbiger, Steven. The Jewish Phenomenon – Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People, Marietta Georgia: Longstreet Press, 2000
Teller, Edward with Shoolery, Judith. Memoirs – A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing, 2001
Van Den Haag, Ernest. The Jewish Mystique. New York, New York: Stein & Day, 1969
Websites on Judaism, Jewish History, Demographics and Culture
Site of the American Jewish Historical Society
Jewish Chicken Farmers Site featuring the movie, "Home on the Range, The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma"
United Jewish Communities: the Federations of North America
Judaism 101 A site with a wealth of information about all aspects of Jews and Judaism
Jewish Culture Focused on Jews in the arts
References on Judaism, Jewish History and Culture
Ariel, David S. What Do Jews Believe, New York, New York: Schocken Books, 1995
Armstrong, Karen. A History of God – The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, New York, New York: Ballantine Books, a Division of Random House, 1993
Asa-El, Amotz. The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. 2004
Barnavi, Eli and Denis Charbit, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, New York, NY: Schocken Books, 2002
Brawardky, Sandee and Mark, Deborah. Two Jews, Three Opinions – A Collection of Twentieth-Century American Jewish Quotations, New York, New York: A Perigee Book, Published by The Berkley Publishing Group, a Division of Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998
Cohen, Abraham. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages, New York, New York: Schocken Books, 1975 Reprint of the 1949 edition published by E.P. Dutton
Cahill, Thomas. The Gift of the Jews – How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, New York, New York: Nan A. Talese/Anchor Books, Imprints of Doubleday, a Division of Random House, Inc., 1998
Cohen, Abraham. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages, New York, New York: Schocken Books, 1975 Reprint of the 1949 edition published by E.P. Dutton
Diner, Hasia R., The Jews of the United States: 1654 to 2000, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, University of California Press, 2004
Falcon, Rabbi Ted, PhD. Judaism for Dummies, New York, New York: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2001
Fox, John G and Julian Krainin, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, New York, New York: Thirteen/WNET, 1994 & 1998, (A DVD video)
Johnson, Paul. A History of the Jews. New York, New York: Harper Perennial, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers, 1988
Kamenetz, Rodger. The Jew in the Lotus, HarperCollins, New York, 1995
Konner, Melvin. Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews, Penguin Group, New York, 2003
Keter Publishing House, Ltd., Encyclopedia Judaica, New York, NY: Lambda Publishers, Inc.
Kertzer, Rabbi Morris N. What Is A Jew? New York, New York: Collier Books, A Division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. Fourth Edition, 1978
Kushner, Harold S. When Bad Things Happen To Good People, New York, New York. Avon Books – Harper Collins, 1981
Kushner, Harold S. The Lord is My Shepard – Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-Third Psalm, New York, New York. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
Menchin, Robert. 101 Classic Jewish Jokes – Jewish Humor From Groucho Marx to Jerry Seinfeld, Memphis, Tennessee Mustang Publishing Company, Inc., 1997
Murray, Charles. Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences; 800 B.C. to 1950. New York, New York: HarperCollins, 2003 (see pages 275 to 293 & 605 to 607)
Pilkington, C. M. Judaism. Lincolnwood (Chicago), Illinois: NTC Publishing Group, 1995
Rivkin, Ellis. The Unity Principle: The Shaping of Jewish History, Behrman House, Springfield, New Jersey, 2003
Rosten, Leo. The Joys of Yiddish, New York, New York: Pocket Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, 1970
Stern, David H. Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B'rit Hadashah (New Testament), Clarksville, Maryland: Jewish New Testament Pulbications, Inc. 1998
Telushkin, Rabbi Joseph. Jewish Humor – What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews, New York, New York: William Morrow, 1992 and HarperCollins Perennial 2002
Telushkin, Rabbi Joseph. Jewish Literacy – The Most Important Things To Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History, New York, New York. William Morrow & Company, 1991, reissued 2001
Telushkin, Rabbi Joseph and Dennis Prager. Why The Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism, New York, New York: Touchstone, a trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc, 1983, 2003.
Zavatto, Amy. Judaism – The Pocket Idiot's Guide to, Indianapolis, Indiana: Alpha Books, a Pearson Publishing Company, 2003
Anti-Semitic websites and books (a very small sampler)
Jew Watch A full blown screed listing names, organizations and various rants
Jewish Tribal Review Pulls together stories from various media that involve Jews with links to the original stories
Jihad Watch ". . . bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology plays in the modern world. . . "
Bismika Allahuma Discussion ForumThis site lists many Jews and decries their prominence
Historial Review Press This site focuses on "Jewish Power in the American Medias"
Church of True Israel Another site decrying Jewish influence.
Duke, David. My Awakening – A Path to Racial Understanding, Covington, Louisiana: Free Speech Press, 1998
Links to Web-sites Identifying High Achievers in Various Fields
Official Website of the Nobel Prize
Lists of winners of the Fields Medal
Frank Nelson Cole Prize of the American Mathematical Society
Winners of the Bocher Memorial Prize in mathematics
Winners of Leroy P. Steele Prizes for mathematical achievement
Winners of the Turning Award for contributions of a technical nature.
Table of Veteran Space Fliers including Americans and Others
Encyclopedia Britannica's list of Great Inventions
Jewish enrollmenton hundreds of campuses
Present and past faculty of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
List of all Supreme Court Justices since 1789
Forbes MagazineAvailable to subscribers, this Web page accesses Forbes' lists: the Forbes 400, among others.
Fortune MagazineAvailable to subscribers, this page accesses Fortune's lists including the "40 Richest Under 40," "The Fortune 500," and "The 25 Most Powerful People in Business 2004," among others.
Website of Kennedy Center Honors
Conductors of Major American Orchestras
Symphony.org This is part of the website symphony.org, providing access to its research about favored symphonies, composers and conductors.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Official website of the Grammys
Inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Listing of famous artists by an Arab artist
Digital Camera's "Masters of Photography" Web-site
List of great photographers
Yahoo's list of Master architects
About.com's list of Master architects
Complete listing of all winners of Academy Awards
ilm Site's List of Greatest Directors and their best films
Star PowerWeb site where Star Power database can be purchased for $9.99 per visit
The American Film Institute List of Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients.
Website of the Pulitzer Prize
N.F.L.Web site of the National Football League, this site lists all NFL team members and members of the NFL Hall of Fame.
N.B.A. Web site of the National Basketball Association, this site lists all NBA team members and the "Top 10 Coaches of All Time" as well as history's greatest NBA stars
Baseball Hall Of Fame This Web page lists all members of Baseball's Hall of Fame.
World Chess ChampionsThis site lists all of the World Chess Champions from 1834 to the present as collected by about.com.
Court TVComplete library of bad guys and galls
Medal Of Honor Winners Lists all winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor
Time MagazineList of the 100 Most important people of the 20th Century
Books Identifying High Achievers
Feldman, Burton. The Nobel Prize – A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige. New York, New York: Arcade Publishing, 2000
Hart, Michael H. The 100 – A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1987
Phaidon, The Art Book. London, England: Phaidon Press, Ltd., 2001
Other Sources of Relevant Information (and a few works of fiction)
Barone, Michael. The New Americans – How the Melting Pot Can Work Again, Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., an Eagle Publishing Company, 2001
Biale, David. Cultures of the Jews: A New History, Schocken Books, New York, 2002
Benbassa, Esther & Rodrigue, Aron. Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California 2000
Bickerman, Elias J. The Jews in the Greek Age, Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1988
Boorstin, Daniel J. Hidden History – Exploring Our Secret Past, New York, New York: Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, 1989
Boorstin, Daniel J. The Daniel J. Boorstin Reader, New York, New York: The Modern Library, a Division of Random House, 1995
Bullock, Alan. Hitler and Stalin – Parallel Lives, New York, New York: Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, Inc. 1993
D'Epiro, Peter and Mary Desmond Pinkowish. Sprezzatura – 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World. Anchor Books – Random House, 2001
Dershowitz, Alan. The Case for Israel, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, New Jersey, 2003
Dimont, Max I. Jews, God and History, New American Library, New York, 1994
Economist. The, Pocket World in Figures – 2002 Edition. London, England: 2002
Encyclopedia Britannica. The New Encyclopedia Britannica – Volume 22 Macropedia, Chicago, Illinois: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., University of Chicago: 1988
Harrison, Lawrence E. and Huntington, Samuel P. Culture Matters – How Values Shape Human Progress, New York, New York: Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 2000
Landes, David S. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations – Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998
Nasar, Sylvia. A Beautiful Mind – The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash. New York, New York: Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster, 1998
Michner, James A. The Source, New York, New York: Random House, 1965
Milton, Joyce. The Road to Malpsychia – Humanistic Psychology and Our Discontents, San Francisco, California: Encounter Books, 2002
Moorehead, Alan. The Russian Revolution, New York, New York: Bantam Books, Time, Inc., 1959
Olsen, Steve. Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 2002
Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War – June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002
Patai, Raphael. The Jewish Mind, Wayne State University Press, 1977
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen, New York, New York: Fawcett World Library, 1968
Rhodes, Richard. Dark Sun – The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, New York, New York: Touchstone – Simon & Schuster, 1995
Sowell, Thomas. Conquest and Cultures – An International History, New York, New York: Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 1998
Sowell, Thomas. Ethnic America, New York, New York: Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 1981
Sowell, Thoma. Migrations and Cultures – A World View, New York, New York: Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 1996
Sowell, Thomas. Race and Culture, New York, New York: Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 1994
Steinsaltz, Adin. The Essential Talmud, Basic Books, 1976
Uris, Leon. Exodus, New York, New York: Bantam Books, 1958
Wechsberg, Joseph. The Merchant Bankers, New York, New York: Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster Division of Gulf & Western, 1966