There is much carefully documented
information on his dealings with (and conflicts with) other Zionist
leaders, including Stephen S. Wise, Emanuel Neumann, Nahum Goldmann,
Chaim Weizmann and Peter Bergson as well as three U.S. presidents:
Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.
David Dalin's review of this book (Commentary,
January 1990) (click
here, fee) notes the book's lack of in-depth exploration of
Silver's personal and family life and Silver's role
in shaping a pro-Zionist policy within the Reform movement, though
that policy was to support Israel and those who wish to make it
their home, and not to encourage aliyah (moving to Israel).
Rafael Medoff, the director of the
Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in his
review of the book described below regards the Raphael book as
"thorough and insightful".
The 16 page introduction by Alexander Schindler is eloquent and, in its view of Silver as a
modern-day Moses, stirring. I believe it was written by Lawrence
Bush, who was then on the staff of the URJ.
References to this book are noted Raphael.