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The Story of the Jews, Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900 Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 October 2017
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"An engaging and electrifying read by a skilled literary craftsman, cultural historian and tour guide . . . Schama enchants his readers by introducing colorful characters worthy of a Charles Dickens novel... The Story of the Jews dazzles with the art and alchemy of an adventure novel."--Washington Post
"Magisterial... With astonishing range and extraordinary synthesising powers, Schama captures the drama of Jewish History.... Between the poles of their regular, unannounced acculturation and anti-Semitism lay Jewish life in all its vibrant, messy and colourful forms."--Financial Times
"Schama is a remarkable storyteller. His approach is cinematic. . . A riveting picture, generously rendered . . . Schama has made an eloquent and a far-reaching case for why Jews needed a small piece of earth they could call home."--New York Times Book Review
"Magisterial...Wonderfully rich...Superb...In the company of Schama -- one of the finest writers and thinkers of his generation -- we are guaranteed a guide both insightful and eloquent."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"A magnificent achievement."--The Guardian
"A technicolor blockbuster."--The Spectator (U.K)
"Immensely erudite and compulsively readable."--New Statesman
"Profoundly illuminating."--The Observer (London)
"Remarkable... [a] glittering gemstone of a book."--The Times (UK)
About the Author
Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 800 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062339575
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062339577
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So, the book is well-worth the read, but less than perfect.
He takes individual Jews - whose stories are fascinating and emblematic of particular eras in Jewish history - to tell The Story of the Jews between the commencement of the Inquisition in 1492 and the emergence of a full fledged Zionist movement on the heels of the Dreyfus case. Though I know a reasonable amount of Jewish history having written a couple books on disproportionate Jewish Achievement, I wish this book had been available when I began my research. It would have better informed my work from inception.
I recommend this for any Jew or Gentile interested in learning more about this important 500 years in World history. This is a story of great hardships and survival coupled with telling of the vitally important role Jews played over all those years.
Steven L. Pease