- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Popular Library; 5/16/78 edition (June 1, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0445042427
- ISBN-13: 978-0445042421
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is a fascinating history of the Khazar kingdom that flourished for about 300 years in what is now known as Ukraine, with its prime at about 850 AD. It was an emerging practical trend for countries/kingdoms/states to adopt in mass one of the four major Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Islam, or one of the two Christian branches of Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox. But at that time the religions each had powerful leaders whose strength was used to dominate and extract money from its member kingdoms. So the Khazar king choose Judaism to be different from each of his adjacent states.
It also goes into great detail about the emerging states and kingdoms around Khazaria that evolved into today's Poland, Hungary, and Russia. It provides a clear picture of invading Vikings sailing down the Volga river from the Baltic Sea, cutting across the Volga-Orr portage, and continuing to the Black Sea.
This is not a novel, or a historical novel, but a well researched history book on a focused subject. But I picked it up I couldn't put it down -the writing was that clear and the subject that interesting.
After 9/11 and terrorist Osama Bin Laden giving six reasons for attacking the US, with Israel and support of Israel being four of them, we are all interested in what exactly we are supporting there. We have been told that we are supporting Jews; Jews who are a semitic people descendent from ancient Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And we have been told that they were so persecuted up until and during WWII that the only solution is to give them their own country out of what was once their own country.
The creation of Israel created lots of problems. It created a humanitarian nightmare with the Palestinians who lived and live there. We, someone 6000 miles away, gave their home to someone else 1000 miles away. But what the book does is show us beyond any reasonable doubt that the European Jews might need compensation or a solution for their situation, but their claim to being the 'Promised' is unquestionably a false one.
Whatever your motivation for reading this well-written book, I hope you find it as fascinating and enlightening as I did.
The author seems to spend the majority of the book proving the so-called jews of today are not of semetic origin. But then, instead of facing the overwhelming consequences of said proof, he sort of chickens out and goes into damage control mode for the jews. In short, he's more interested in historical facts than the political/social consequences of those facts.
That was a bit dissappointing, but that doesn't stop the text from being exhaustingly thorough in its research. The "fun" conclusions of said discoveries will be up to braver writers to face.
I thank R. Roth for his update about genetics. All readers should acquaint themselves with his review, and, please, fellow readers, don't blame Arthur Koestler for not knowing what had not been discovered yet!