A passionate history of a world unfolding across many continents and five centuries by one of our greatest and internationally bestselling historians.
Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and
History at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated
into fifteen languages, include Citizens, Landscape and
Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The
Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future,
The Face of Britain and The Story of the Jews- Finding the
Words (1000 BCE - 1492).
His art columns for the New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in the Guardian and the Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented more than fifty films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics, and The Story of the Jews and is co-presenter of a new landmark series on the history of world art, Civilisations.
"A magnificent achievement... [a] parade of bustlingly vital
characters from across the globe ... all painted in luminous
colour... By offering such a throbbing cavalcade of characters,
Schama is defying several key assumptions, even stereotypes, about
Jewish history and Jews themselves... Above all, while much Jewish
history can read like a sorrowful trudge through disaster, plague
and pogrom, Schama's book teems with life rather than death" --
Jonathan Freedland * Guardian *
"Magisterial ... the product of a world-class historian at the peak of his creative powers ... rich, ornate, intensely evocative and sensory. With astonishing range and extraordinary synthesising powers, Schama captures the drama of Jewish history." * Financial Times *
"A rich melody that soars above the ground bass of prejudice and persecution ... Schama has made himself the leading virtuoso of our time. This second volume of this trilogy is an affirmation of faith in the grand narrative ... Its familiar and familial tone proclaims the author's unapologetic mission to play his part in the story of the Jews by bringing their history alive... [A] glittering gemstone of a book" -- Daniel Johnson * The Times *
"So beautifully written it regularly takes your breath away, it is a book far greater than the sum of its parts. Daunted by its colossal size, I started reading with some trepidation; I finished filled with wonder and delight." -- Abigail Green * Times Literary Supplement *
"An extraordinary cultural journey, filled with astonishingly colourful and outrageous characters ... Schama delivers a superb and thrilling ride, both inspirational and tragic." -- Simon Sebag Montefiore * Mail on Sunday *