The Story of the Jews, Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900


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Ecco Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 2.2 inches | 2.45 pounds

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About the Author

SIMON SCHAMA is an internationally acclaimed historian, political commentator, and art critic. He is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, and the award-winning author of seventeen books, including Rough Crossings and The Story of the Jews. He is also the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries of art, history, and literature for BBC2 and has written and presented more than thirty television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, and the History Channel. He is currently working on Civilizations, a television history of world art.


"In his engaging, stylistic prose, the author proceeds chronologically and delves into fascinating personal stories that reveal the Jewish experience...A fluid history lesson from an always engaging guide."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A technicolor blockbuster."--The Spectator (U.K)
"Remarkable... [a] glittering gemstone of a book."--The Times (UK)
"Profoundly illuminating."--The Observer (London)
"Immensely erudite and compulsively readable."--New Statesman
"A magnificent achievement."--The Guardian
"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)
"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
"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
"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