Obviously, my aim in reading this book did not fit the style of this volume. I wanted to learn about Jewish religion and history and this book seemed to assume the reader knew lots about both and seemed to summarize a few hundred years of history.
It made this book difficult to understand; if there had been a few maps to help a newbie along, I think I could have absorbed more. However, the story was told in a vacuum; I needed some history behind the history told in this book.
Because my low understanding was probably my own fault, I gave the book a 3 star rating.