Simon Schama’s History of the Jews

Simon Schama

26/02/2013
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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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Simon Schama


Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including The Story of the Jews (based on his two-volume work of the same name), Citizens and Rough Crossings. He recently curated The Face of Britain for the National Portrait Gallery and created the book and television series of the same name.

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