David Bernstein


David Bernstein is a freelance writer and journalist who works for The Melbourne Age. A former Israeli, he served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army before going on to complete a BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD in English literature (T.S. Eliot) at the University of Cambridge. He has worked as an Israeli-based journalist for the Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem), the Times (London), the Economist (London) and Macleans magazine (Toronto). Since emigrating to Australia in 1989, he has written extensively for the Australian Jewish News, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Independent Monthly, and Generation Journal. He lives in Melbourne, is married and has two children.

DiamondsDemonsDavid’s first book, Diamonds and Demons: The Joseph Gutnick Story, was published in hardback in May 2000. A soft cover edition was released in 2001.

“Joseph Isaac Gutnick – variously known as Diamond Joe for his mining exploits, Demon Joe for his active presidency of the Australian Football League Club, the Melbourne Demons, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Special Emissary for the Integrity of the Land of Israel – is a fantastic mix of contradictions.”

~ from the inside cover