Vitality floods its pages. Philosophers and kings, warriors and merchants, poets and financiers come alive as the story ranges across time and the globe. From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth.
Brilliantly narrated in 1,001 episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, advancing. Infused with an almost miraculous life force, they have survived the death of civilizations and have triumphantly contributed to man's spiritual and intellectual heritage for some four thousand years.
“Unquestionably the best popular history of the Jews written in the English language.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Successfully captures the history of the Jewish experience. A useful addition to most collections.” (Library Journal)
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Grand in scope and depth
Valuable, though somewhat dated
I liked the sweep of the narrative, plus many details along the way were fascinating. But just because of the sweep, everything is pretty shallow in the treatment.
I would recommend it to learn especially about some of the great figures in the intellectual history of Judaism--Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Maimonides, etc.
Under no circumstances would I listen to Anna Fields read a book. Her sing song rhythm and sarcasm drove me crazy.