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Hinges of History #2: The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels


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From the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization" comes a new book that uncovers the crucial Jewish contribution to Western history, recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The second book in The Hinges of History Series. 15 illustrations.



About the Author

THOMAS CAHILL is the author of the best-selling books, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland 's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus.  These books comprise the first three volumes of a prospective seven-volume series entitled "The Hinges of History," in which Cahill recounts formative moments in Western civilization. In "The Hinges of History," Thomas Cahill endeavors to retell the story of the Western World through little-known stories of the great gift-givers, people who contributed immensely to Western, culture and the evolution of Western sensibility, thus revealing how we have become the people we are and why we think and feel the way we do today.

Thomas Cahill is best known, in his books and lectures, for taking on a broad scope of complex history and distilling it into accessible, instructive, and entertaining narrative. His lively, engaging writing animates cultures that existed up to five millennia ago, revealing the lives of his principal characters with refreshing insight and joy. He writes history, not in its usual terms of war and catastrophe, but as "narratives of grace, the recountings of those blessed and inexplicable moments when someone did something for someone else, saved a life, bestowed a gift, gave something beyond what was required by circumstance." Unlike all too many history lessons, a Thomas Cahill history book or speech is impossible to forget.

He has taught at Queens College, Fordham University and Seton Hall University, served as the North American education correspondent for the Times of London, and was for many years a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Prior to retiring recently to write full-time, he was director of religious publishing at Doubleday for six years. He and his wife, Susan, also an author, founded the now legendary Cahill & Company Catalogue, much beloved by readers. They divide their time between New York and Rome.

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Cahill, Thomas
Nan A. Talese
O. t.
Judaism - History
Jewish - Ancient
Civilization -- Jewish influences.
Jews -- History -- To 70 A.D.
Judaism -- History -- To 70 A.D.
General History
Religion Western-Jewish History
history;judaism;religion;non-fiction;jews;judaica;jewish history;bible;ancient history;civilization;israel;middle east;old testament;culture;hinges of history;philosophy;ancient;world history;christian;christianity;religious history;historical;ancient isr
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1st ed.
Hinges of History
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vol. 2
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8.56x6.00x1.08 in. 1.01 lbs.

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