My Elter Zeide and Lubavitch
Rabbi Rakeffet has the talent and ability to be a serious "objective historian" as shown by his fine volume on Dr. Revel. But as a native of the Jewish Bronx , he also likes to be a Yenta and in several talks I heard him in YU that's what he does, he goes into stream of consciousness, talks and delivers good stories, with his mother or other relatives obviously playing a major role. Of course this stuff is entertaining, but not factual history. Here too we hear of nonsense like the cholent of Lubavitch, like the importance of Rose Lieberman because her grandson became the macher in CA 50 years later, like major Chassidim living in Lakewood, leaving out the issue of the Rebbe's possible residence in Chicago. Actually he has got it wrong about retirement. Its his Rebbe's mechutan, a Hassidic Rebbe in Boston, who said that with him T. chassidus is over. And he acted on it by sending his son Dr. IT to Boston Latin School, not to Maimonidies, and going into the Real estate business. Of course that would not play well in MO land.. The Kramer family and their role completely disappear from Rabbi R's account..Frankly at that time BP was as aristocratic as CH, so was the Upper West Side, and of course why didn't the Rebbe move to the Upper East Side if that was the sole criterion for establishing his residence. There is also much more to be said about the Brooklyn Jewish Center and Rabbi R's statement that at that time (1940) there was little difference between Orthodox and Conservative. In his own books we see him contradict himself.
My father would call this article stam ploideray !! If someone wrote the biography of Rabbi JBS the same way, everyone would have a good laugh.