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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462126
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This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

“Why have I written a history of the Jews?…When I was working on my History of Christianity, I became aware for the first time in my life of the magnitude of debt Christianity owes to Judaism…the book gave me the chance to reconsider objectively, in the light of a study covering nearly 4,000 years, the most intractable of all human questions: what are we on earth for? Is history merely a series of events whose sum is meaningless?”—from the Prologue

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tour de force…A remarkable achievement.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A marvelous book.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “An absorbing, provocative, well-written, often moving book—an insightful and impassioned blend of history and myth, story and interpretation.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It’s no mean feat to successfully compress 4,000 years of history into 645 pages, but Johnson has more than met the challenge…an excellent, nonscholarly history for general readers.”

    Library Journal

  • A Federalist Notable Book of 2015

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Wilson | 2/5/2014

    " The chapters were a bit exhausting at times (as perhaps they must be, with so much history to cover), but it was a worthwhile and enlightening read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Blakeman | 1/28/2014

    " I wish every Christian would read this and understand your part in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/18/2014

    " While there are certainly more in-depth treatments of this vast topic, Johnson is excellent at providing a big picture view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaymi Boswell | 1/15/2014

    " I have always been in love with the world of Judaism. I was told by someone I met in a chat room to read this. I enjoyed it. It's history, but not as dry as you'd think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherilyn | 12/13/2013

    " It is a bit dry at some areas but generally I liked it. Very interesting on how Jews came to be... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 12/12/2013

    " This isn't the type of book I just sit and read through. I consider it somewhat of a reference book and I really do like Paul Johnson as a writer. I like his perspective and approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 10/4/2013

    " Incredibly informative for anyone who wants to get an understanding of the place Jews hold in today's world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowdy Scarlett | 9/26/2013

    " Big book on Jewish history. Well written and an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Prager | 8/16/2013

    " Superb one-volume history of the Jewish people. Johnson is a fine writer, with a flair for the dramatic, but in a British understated way. This sweeping history covers the entire story through the centuries, from Abraham to the present. Very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andre | 7/9/2013

    " This is a large epic volume on God's Chosen People. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 5/25/2013

    " Very informative but extremely long. I made it to the 19th century and gave up on it. This book provides fine detail of the history of Jews. Too much detail for my taste. I would prefer something with more generalizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Hemmeke | 4/18/2013

    " Packed with info, but not encyclopedic; insightful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy Gomer | 10/13/2012

    " its informative but overly detailed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barry | 6/6/2012

    " Liked the sentiments- but not robust "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/25/2012

    " Took me several years to read in its entirety . Glad I did it because I learned a lot about the Middle East as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allein | 7/24/2011

    " This book took me a solid 5 months to read, but it was worth it. Mr. Johnson feels most comfortable inciting riots and stirring controversy. Brilliant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aingeal Stone | 7/19/2011

    " This book was a delight to read and contained so much useful information that I bought an ebook version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 5/21/2011

    " An excellent small biography of a very interesting and influential man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 5/17/2011

    " This is the third biography of Churchill I have read but there were still new facts and infomation I did not get from the others. Althugh short, it is well written and provides a really good overview of the life of this talented and incredibly productive individual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 5/16/2011

    " Churchill was an interesting man and it was good to see into some of his private life. I would have liked to see more quotes from this man who did so much for his country during World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/10/2011

    " This was an interesting biography in that it was short and not full of details, yet wove a fascinating picture of a great leader. It was more of an analysis of his character and what made him successful. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 4/12/2011

    " Wonderful and quick biography with great literary merit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 3/20/2011

    " One of the best biographies I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/13/2011

    " We are all worms. But, I think that I am a glow worm. -WC "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/28/2011

    " Good thing about the book -- it's short. Bad thing about the book -- it's short.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/31/2011

    " A short but interesting biography of Churchill by an historian that knew him. Johnson is an excellent historian and biographer. I only wish he had offered a more complete volume on the life of Churchill. The most consequential ginger of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/26/2011

    " Johnson paints a vivid portrait of a man determined to be accepted and praised. Fascinating time period and very well researched. Would have given it a 5 had it not been for the author's pompousness, which was distracting from the incredible topic at hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 1/7/2011

    " Excellent short biography by a historian whose personal experience adds insight to understanding Churchill. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.