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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Jewish History
  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tamar Fleishman on February 21, 2010
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I didn't know much about the Sephardim, though I have am descended from some. I was fascinated about the Jewish-Moorish links and also, the prominence of so many Jews in Spain, Italy, Portugal, before the Inquisition. The characters virtually sprang off the page, though of course the details available for those of later date were more available than for the Dark Ages. I would have been fascinated to know more about that...

It was also interesting to learn about the entangled family trees.

To the other reviewer, I'd note that people always want to read about scandal and actions outside the ordinary. And it is certainly true that like any other preeminent members of society, they were exclusive in nature rather than inclusive.

I bought this book originally as a souvenir at the State Museum of Virginia in Richmond over a year ago and it's remarkable how many details I still remember. The book really sticks to you!

Plus, it really adds to other areas of study that you may follow -- whether you are into Medieval era, Dark Ages, weaponry/torture, the Diaspora, Colonial Era, Jewish-Arab relations, the Catholic Church.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Davidson on February 1, 2014
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I always enjoy reading Mr. Birmingham. This is another author who researches his subjects copiously before writing anything. I find this book informative, entertaining and hard to put down. I am always ready to read another Birmingham book. I read three books at any given time, hoping to keep my 80 year old brain active, and The Grandees is an extremely good read.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Katherine F. Peake on October 16, 1999
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This book does what good histories should do, open up doors to inaccessible places. Well written and incisive, it tracks a part of our history not well known. Especially fascinating were the accounts of how the first 44 came to America, and the story of the Civil War admiral. I'll read more of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Alexander on March 6, 2014
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A subject I knew nothing about. It takes you back further than the founding generation. Written in an entertaining style. Very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuperShargo on October 9, 2014
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I had a background knowledge, or so I thought, until I read this book.
Stephen Birmingham always provides a fantastic education & read,
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