RED STAR, CRESCENT MOON: A Muslim-Jewish Love Story

Robert A. Rosenstone
Scarith, 2010
300 Pages
ISBN 978-0-9844062-8-9 Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9844062-9-6 Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-9855698-3-9 Ebook
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About the Author

The Caltech professor of history has published a dozen books of history, criticism, memoir, and fiction, including the award winning Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed (1975), used in part as the basis of the Academy Award winning film, Reds, on which he served as historical consultant, Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters in Meiji Japan(1988), a multi-voice, experimental historical narrative which was a History Book Club Selection, and History on Film / Film on History (2006), an examination of history as presented in the visual media.  His writings have been translated into eleven languages.

About the book

This book mixes contemporary and the historical worlds in a bold tale of clashing cultures. The love story between a Muslim and a Jew, documentary film director Aisha and historian Benjamin, is set in modern Spain against the vibrant and colorful background of a film festival, the location shoot of a Hollywood epic, the seductive intentions of a movie megastar, and the violent actions of terrorists who wish to reclaim that country for Islam. Telling its story in multiple voices, Red Star, Crescent Moon confronts major cultural and political dilemmas of our time, creating a world of characters caught in webs of historical misunderstandings which leads to violence.


“For those of us who have followed Robert Rosenstone’s writing career, Red Star, Crescent Moon hits a new peak: a novel with deep historical roots that is also filled with action, romance, and intricate plotting.”
– Louis Breger, author, Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Light

“Red Star, Crescent Moon: is not just about the kaleidoscope of history and politics and pop culture: it’s about what being human means in the face of terror.”
– Leslie Brody, author Red Star Sister

“Like all great love stories, Red Star, Crescent Moon takes place at the dangerous intersection of passion and all that threatens to destroy it.”
– James Goodman, author Stories of Scottsboro