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“There is no human being on the face of this earth exempt from the Jewish influence. For as long as there has been history, the Jew has wandered through it, shaping it at times, riding the current silently at other times, but always leaving his mark. History without the Jew? It is inconceivable.”—Howard Fast. His popular history brings the history of the Jewish people into focus, from Genesis to contemporary times.

©1968 Howard Fast (P)1988 Recorded Books

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The Jews: Story of a People

Great book and superb narration! The author is truly brilliant. A few times I felt that there is an exaggeration, but in general, it was clear that he is trying to be objective. I felt that his story unfolded in the best tradition "an honest tale speeds best being plainly told". I did not notice the moment when I realized that the story is a truly harrowing drama. I knew that the Jews have endured millenniums of persecution, but it did not even come to my mind that persecution was so cruel and repeated so many times.
I feel enriched immensely by listening this book.

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Fascinating

Fascinating & comprehensive- unto 1968. So much has happened. It would be interesting for a scholar to attempt an epilogue

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Garbage

This book, as far as I've read it, and I'm going no farther, is a book of fiction. The author is like "the Ron Wyatt of History". Wyatt was a wannabe archaeologist who had no qualifications for the job, so he made everything up as he went along. I'm not ignorant of Jewish history, either Biblical or otherwise. This guy is, on both scales!

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This is not what thought it would be

I am reading lots of history about the Jews. I thought this would be that. While the author admits up front that as a Novelist first, he will not be able to please everyone, I figured I'd give it a shot. However, when he misquoted Hillel as first uttering "The Golden Rule" i.e. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" that is when I lost it! Not what Hillel said at all! "The Golden Rule" i.e. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is distinctly Christian! What Hillel said was in reply to a challenge from a man who said he would become a Jew if Hillel could tell him everything of meaning in the Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel stood on one foot and said "That which you find hateful, do not do to your neighbor. The rest is commentary. Go study the commentary." What is the difference? Well, Christians have used "The Golden Rule" to proselytize even to the point of annoyance because by this reason "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" if they were not "Saved" then they would want to be badgered to distraction until they accepted "the Savior" "That which you find hateful, do not do to your neighbor." is much more about not doing things you dislike to anyone else and I think is much more ethically sound. If you are looking for a history of the Jewish People I would recommend Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Many others. I would not recommend this book by Howard Fast at all.

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great

go😀😃😄od good great book 👍👍👍👍👍😀😁😃 great book 👍great listening good great time to forward another

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author too liberal for me..

very jaded "no intelligent jew is happy with the strong Israeli Army" that he knows..nut. wasted time.

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What is the roots of main cause for the Jew to suffer? ?

It is good to hear Jewish story from a Jew. I am very sympathise with the people who worship God faithfully. But I am deeply puzzled that where is their God in the river of the history ? Or God want the Jew to learn something ? Also the Jew faced prosecution even far before Jesus Christ. In this sense, the author failed to dig out the roots of main cause.

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not ebook or whispersoft connected

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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needs to be ebook connected and whispersoft connected...thought it was and wasted a credit on it.

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