Paperback $32.00

Sep 28, 2004 | 528 Pages

  • Paperback $32.00

    Sep 28, 2004 | 528 Pages

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A poignant and highly accessible account of an ongoing story that transcends all telling. (Harold Bloom)

Remarkable . . . It is certainly the best one-volume overview of Jewish history and identity available today. (Sander L. Gilman, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago)

Table Of Contents


1. Genesis: How the Jews Were Born in Israel

2. Kingdom Come: How the Israelites Became a Nation

3. Babylon: How the Kingdom Fell and the Culture Channged

4. Roman Ruin: How the Jews Lost Their Land

5. Diaspora: How the Jews Dispersed Among Their Enemies

6. Crossed Swords: How Christian Power Vanquished the Jews

7. Under the Minaret: How Islam (Partly) Tolerated the Jews

8. Spain and Beyond: How the Sephardic Jews Found Romance

9. Brightness: How Jewish Genius Changed and Grew

10. Ends of the Earth: How Jews Thrived in Exotic Places

11. Yidn: How the Jews helped Create Modern Europe

12. Mamesh-Loshn: How the Ashkenazic Jews Spoke and Thought

13. Smoke: How the Germans Gave the Jews Graves in the Air

14. Fire: How the Jews Fought Back

15. The Golden Land: How the Jews Helped Make America

16. Ha’aretz: How the Jews Came Home

17. Women of Valor: How Jewish Women Broke the Patriarchal Bonds

18. Conclusion: A Drop of Red Wine: How the Jews Will Face the Future

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