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The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.

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"Reading Schama is like sitting across from the world's most dazzling dinner party guest..."--Seattle Times
"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Award-winning Columbia University historian Schama . . . brings to bear his gift for synthesizing mountains of information into a well-crafted, accessible narrative in this impressive volume that spans nearly 2,500 years and serves as a companion volume to a PBS series."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Schama has written an unconventional but masterful and deeply felt history of his people..."--Booklist (starred review)
"Mr. Schama's The Story of the Jews is exemplary popular history. It's engaged, literate, alert to recent scholarship and, at moments, winningly personal."--New York Times
"Mr. Schama's history flashes by with entertaining velocity..."--Wall Street Journal
"Schama is a historian of prodigious and varied gifts. He can take a specific subject and drill deep; he can take a wide-angled view of many countries over long periods of time. He does both in this excellent first volume... Revealing and moving."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Schama writes history from below, and from the middle and other unexpected angles, resurrecting the unrecorded and long-forgotten, and analyzing the social and cultural forces that shaped his subjects' lives... [he] has pulled it off with opinionated flair and literary grace."--New York Times Book Review
"Stirring and fascinating"--Los Angeles Times

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