The Story of the Jews, Volume One
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The Story of the Jews, Volume One

Ecco / 2017 / Paperback

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In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day.

It is a story like no other, spanning the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia to the bazaars of Cairo, from a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia to the palm groves of the Roman catacombs. What emerges is not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Ecco
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0060539208
ISBN-13: 9780060539207

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Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Award-winning Columbia University historian Schama . . . brings to bear his gift for synthesizing mountains of information into a well-crafted, accessible narrative in this impressive volume that spans nearly 2,500 years and serves as a companion volume to a PBS series.”
“A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian.”
“Reading Schama is like sitting across from the world’s most dazzling dinner party guest…”
“The story that Schama tells is wide-ranging, well documented, delightful, amusing, personal, and inspring…”
“Schama has written an unconventional but masterful and deeply felt history of his people…”
“Mr. Schama’s The Story of the Jews is exemplary popular history. It’s engaged, literate, alert to recent scholarship and, at moments, winningly personal.”
“In his brilliant new history of the Jews, the unconventional scholar somehow manages to be simultaneously sentimental and subversive, consensual and contrarian - and we readers are the beneficiaries.”
“Mr. Schama’s history flashes by with entertaining velocity…”
“An energetic cascade of prose and erudition, rife with pointillist detail and witty colloquialisms…”
“Schama writes history from below, and from the middle and other unexpected angles, resurrecting the unrecorded and long-forgotten, and analyzing the social and cultural forces that shaped his subjects’ lives… [he] has pulled it off with opinionated flair and literary grace.”
“Stirring and fascinating”
“Schama is a historian of prodigious and varied gifts. He can take a specific subject and drill deep; he can take a wide-angled view of many countries over long periods of time. He does both in this excellent first volume… Revealing and moving.”

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