Compassionate Healer… and Merciless Assassin: Jacob’s War Published by Outskirts Press

J. B. Kaufman’s carefully researched saga of Jacob Kane’s metamorphosis from child music prodigy to renowned neurosurgeon to Mossad assassin, is the tale of a compassionate man who will be forced to answer a possibly life-changing question regarding who he is, and who he wishes to be to himself – and to his people.

Urbana, IL, March 06, 2012 --( Author Jerome B. Kaufman announced today the release of Jacob’s War, published by Outskirts Press. Kaufman’s expansive new work shows how a musically gifted Rabbi’s son from Chicago can become a skilled assassin for the Mossad as he struggles to achieve individual meaning for his life by transcending the burdens of history -- from the Holocaust through Vietnam to the vicissitudes of today’s Middle East.

Jacob Kane is born with an extraordinary potential. Recognized as a musical prodigy at the age of six, he performed with several symphony orchestras before entering the Juilliard School. Jacob is also driven by a hungry mind and a restless soul that finding too little challenge in music alone, enrolls in college, followed by medical school, becoming a renowned neurosurgeon – while also immersing himself in the martial arts.

Now, a true Renaissance man, rounded in the arts, science, and physical disciplines – Jacob, in addition to practicing his life-saving surgical skills, continues to carry the wounds of his Jewish heritage – where the underlying rage and resentment, coupled with his unusual intelligence – steers his life into suddenly dangerous territories. As he becomes a weapon of vengeance for the Mossad, he finds he must carefully again define his role as a person and as a member of his people.

Kane’s unique story is made all the more rich by the author’s portrayal of Kane’s relationship with his two closest friends. Charles Henson has overcome an abusive childhood to become a significant player in the world of intelligence and espionage. Toshiro Tokani, a genius in physics and mathematics, becomes the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. Although having become the most trusted of friends, these three find that they remain strangers to each other within the global backdrop of the world’s uncertainties, especially those in the Middle East.

Jacob’s War is not only a fascinating look into the nimble mind of a man seeking a moral truth that is worth living by in our times, it is also a pertinent revelation of those complex and ironic themes that have permeated our world for most of the last century.

Jacob’s War is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6.14 x 9.21 hardback with jacket ISBN: 978-1-4327-8311-2 SRP: $47.95
Genre: Nonfiction/history/military/Vietnam war

About the author:

Jerome B. Kaufman brings a wealth of life experience to his avocation as a writer after thirty years as a neurosurgeon who introduced many of the technological advances in the field during his career. Dr. Kaufman trained at the Mr. Sinai Hospital Medical Center and Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital Neurological Institute. He was recruited by Carle Clinic Association as its first neurosurgeon, and he was one of the founders of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, where he eventually served as Clinical Professor and was integrally involved in writing curriculum for the neurosciences program. He has been recognized in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in the World. Dr. Kaufman was also included in Best Doctors in America (Midwest). In addition to his medical background, Dr. Kaufman studied piano at the Juilliard School, and he has performed professionally in both classical and jazz repertoire.

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