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Past EventsMonday, February 25

Simon Schama’s History of the Jews

Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews and The Fate of the World is expected to be one of the most discussed books of 2013. Accompanied by a major BBC television series, it is a landmark history of a culture, a people, a world – from the time of Moses to our own.

Simon Schama presented a special preview of the book and documentary at Jewish Book Week. It describes an intellectual territory reaching from the Hebrews’ invention of a single God to Jewish responsibility for killing the saviour, to currents of dispossession, destruction and diaspora. The account takes in the birth of modernism and the horrors of the 20th century.

In Schama’s inimitable style, this is not only indispensable history, it is raucous and characterful too, taking in the Jewish joke, Jewish sportsmen, Yiddish theatre, painting and music.  

Simon Schama is University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of 14 books and has presented more than 30 documentaries on art and history for the BBC, including A History of Britain.

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To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

 

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