[Book Review] Jacobo’s Rainbow by David Hirshberg

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By David Hirshberg

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement and the war in Vietnam, Jacobo leaves his home in New Mexico for college where he joins efforts to register Black Americans to vote. But when his work lands him in jail, Jacobo is faced with a choice to be released on condition of being drafted. After intense fighting in Vietnam, Jacobo returns to the United States to resume his work documenting a country in the growing pains of social change.

Hirshberg covers a number of important themes in this work, including racism, free speech, and antisemitism. The story is told through the eyes of Jacobo, from a small town in New Mexico, who goes from an insulated, sheltered existence to an eye-opening world. The supporting characters are an interesting mix of personalities. Everyone in the group has a story and everyone seems to be trying to hide it.

The story is packed with a lot of action, setting a fast pace. Hirshberg uses vivid language, painting a realistic picture of history. The themes in this story are very timely with a number of parallels with the present. This was a very interesting read.

I’d like to thank the author for the free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

David Hirshberg

David Hirshberg is the pseudonym for an entrepreneur who prefers to keep his business activities separate from his writing endeavors. As an author, he adopted the first name of his father-in-law and the last name of his maternal grandfather, as a tribute to their impact on his life.

Using his given name, he is an accomplished ‘C-level suite’ executive, having served in the life sciences industry as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of four firms, Chairman of the Board of six companies and a member of the board of three other organizations. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of a publishing company.

Hirshberg is a New Yorker who holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Much like the narrator in My Mother’s Son, he is a raconteur in real life as well as through his fiction. His range of interests outside of business is in American history, Jewish literature and practices, the nexus of science and religion, the current cultural wars in our society, and in English, Irish and Gordon setters.

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