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The vitality and longevity of Jewish culture raises the question: How did this tenacious people survive throughout history when many other cultures and religions were annihilated or absorbed? Uniquely, they accomplished this without a homeland for nearly 2000 years. The work, a revision of a huge history written shortly after World War II, doesn't dwell on the Holocaust but presents a history of ancient and modern Jewish states and spells out how Torah and Talmud kept alive a tradition of abstract thought: a potent survival tool. The work also details differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews and the split that created Christianity. The rift among the Semites, i.e., with Islam and the Arabs, gets less attention. Anna Fields narrates this classic, which, to Jews and non-Jews alike, successfully captures the history of the Jewish experience. A useful addition to most collections.AJames Dudley, Copiague, NY.
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''Unquestionably the best popular history of the Jews written in the English language.'' --Los Angeles Times
''Successfully captures the history of the Jewish experience. A useful addition to most collections.'' --Library Journal
''The author has turned four thousand years in the life of one people into a lively, canny, authoritative, brainy and informative page-turner . . . [Anna Fields'] listener-friendly cadences express not only the sense of the lines, but also the connections among ideas and the author's underlying intelligence.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
I was anxious to find history as few other main topics could contain. I was disappointed. Instead as I read a brochure on Judaism
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Amazing book; life changing history, which brought my own to life!Published 13 days ago by Michael Lugassy
This is probably one of the best short history of the subject ever written.Published 1 month ago by Edwin B. Spievack
This is an amazing book! The extent of historical coverage is quite thorough and the point of view is objective. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Denise Lorraine
Great history. Concise and accurate. A must read, if you care about the history of the Jews.Published 3 months ago by L. Haith