on May 24, 2010
The Economic History of the Jewish People by Jacques Attali is set to be as controversial as it is well documented and thoroughly researched by one of the foremost financial authorities of Europe, the Head of the Commission to Promote Economic Growth in France. Attali has written numerous books and knows this subject thoroughly. He has tackled it from the standpoint of history, myth, and dirty stories, proving some and dispelling others with facts. He has traced the economic experiences, leadership, and fall of the Jewish people from 2,000 years BC until present upheavals of economy worldwide. The book is fascinating for anyone interested in history, finance, or the Jewish people. It is an eye-opener in some instances and shows the influence, admitted or behind-the-scenes, which the Jewish people have had on the entire history of our world through the ages and how they have been rewarded or persecuted along the way for their use of any kind of tender (legal or illegal) around the world for 4,000 years. Really interesting and so very well written.
on December 14, 2010
I am still reading this 700+ page history/analysis in French. It is so outstanding that I want my English language friends to have access to this translation. The French title is more evocative-- Les Juifs, le Monde, et l'Argent. I am finding a provocative insight on nearly every page. Its major thesis is that Jewish law and ethics are intimately tied to the concept of wealth and the accumulation of wealth as an alternative to violence. His analysis and interpretation of each of the books of the Torah make them clearer and more understandable than anything I've read before. At many points he draws a clear lesson for the reader-- what are the basic principles of economic life from the point of view of Jewish ethics.
on October 17, 2015
The book is an excellent although superficial tale of Jewish history, with aspects of its economic history, heritage and ethics. However, it lacks a lot of substantiation for its claim (economic data) and it also has a lot of personal opinions mixed up with historical facts.
But what is really annoying is the lousy quality of the revision. There are so many errors, including full phrases inserted in the middle of the text in page # 502 : "(DONT KNOW WHAT THIS SENTENCE IS PROCLAIMING.)", in capital letters out of no where.
It is indeed a bad excuse for publishing, and it denigrates the image of the book and its author...
on July 9, 2012
Good source of historic events, and even though it has economic principles, they are at times a bit complex, however, great examples of how this community evolved by sticking to the biblical principles of working and procuring the well being of others.