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Sir Martin Gilbert, renowned author of many authoritative works of history and biography, speaks in a charming, personal voice in this fascinating volume, the saga of five thousand years of Jewish life laid out in a series of intimate, storytelling letters to a lifelong friend.

Sir Martin first met “Auntie Fori” in 1958,when he arrived in New Delhi with a letter of introduction from her son, a fellow Oxford student. Their friendship flourished for forty years through correspondence and visits to the capitals where her husband, the diplomat B. K. Nehru, was posted. Then, at her ninetieth birthday celebration in 1998, Auntie Fori told her “adopted nephew” that she was not of Indian birth but was actually Hungarian-and Jewish. She did not know what this Jewish identity involved-historically or spiritually-and she asked him to enlighten her.

In response, Sir Martin embarked on the series of letters that have been gathered to form this book, shaping each one as a concise, individually formed story. He presents Jewish history as the narrative expression-the timeline-of the Jewish faith, and the faith as it is informed by the history. Starting with Adam and Eve, he then brings us to Abraham and his descendants, who worshiped a God who repeatedly, and often dramatically, intervened in their lives. The stories of Genesis and Exodus lead seamlessly on to those of the eras when the land was ruled by the Israelite kings and then by Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome-the Biblical and post-Biblical periods. In Sir Martins hands, these stories are rich in incident and achievement. He then traces the long history of the Jews in the Diaspora, ending with an unexpected visit to an outpost of Jewry in Anchorage, Alaska. Ranging through almost every country in the world-including China and India-he maintains a chronological structure, weaving in the history of other peoples and faiths, to give Auntie Fori-and us-a sense of the larger stage on which Jewish history has played out.

The last fifty letters are devoted to an explanation of Jewish faith and worship, intertwined with the history and observance of holy days and festivals.

These letters are fascinating in their objectivity and at the same time infused with a deep personal warmth.

Written for one beloved friend, Letters to Auntie Fori brings to life the events and sequence of Jewish history with a special charm that will endear this volume to readers old and young.

About the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the foremost historians of our time. The official biographer of Winston Churchill, he is also the author of a definitive history of the Holocaust, twelve historical atlases, comprehensive studies of both the First and Second World Wars, and The Jews in the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, in 1994 and was knighted in 1995.

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The 5,000-Year History of the Jewish People and Their Faith
Gilbert, Martin
New York
Jewish - General
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1st American ed.
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12 BandW MAPS
9.12x7.02x1.46 in. 1.81 lbs.

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