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A history writen like a novel

  • Apr 29, 2010
People interested in history, especially Jewish history, and people inspired as the author is with books, will enjoy this volume. Zvi Ankori is a well-known Israeli historian. This is his second book and the first of a two part work. The boy in the story is fascinated by the books that his parents sent to him in 1937 when he came to Israel, just missing the holocaust that resulted in the murder of both of his parents and other relatives.
While his parents died, the books live on. They bring a history to mind, a long and exiting history, a history with many adventures. Ankori describes the recent half century of this history in his two book series until the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The characters, sites, dates, and events in this book are real, although they are presented as an interesting dramatic novel.
As a palm tree in the desert is a sign of the existence of refreshing life-giving water, so this book reveals the life sustaining forces of Jewish history.

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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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A young boy receives an atlas from his mother. Together they embark on imaginary journeys, wandering through hills and valleys; along rivers and coastlines; and across sandy desert landscapes. As they dream of adventurous expeditions, they delve into the histories and cultures of faraway, foreign lands. A story of epic proportions, spanning half a century, embracing three generations, crisscrossing five continents, and bearing witness to two world wars. It reflects moments of high hopes and deep despair. It narrates tales of human destinies that unfold against a backdrop of revolutions and the Holocaust. The story ends on the eve of the foundation of the State of Israel, but often harks back to previous centuries or fastforwards to our times.
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ISBN-10: 9652294357
ISBN-13: 978-9652294357
Author: Zvi Ankori
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House

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