The Jews by Howard Fast
Story of a People

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A vivid and eminently readable story of Jewish history covering 4,000 years, and including extensive illustrations and historical photographs
Howard Fast, the bestselling author of Spartacus, tells the sweeping story of the Jewish people and Judaism over four millennia, from their nomadic beginnings and the rise of Moses, to the kings David and Solomon, through the Diaspora and the unthinkable horror of the Holocaust, culminating in the founding of the state of Israel. Fast’s gift for storytelling is on full display in this eminently readable and well-researched history. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 

About Howard Fast

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Howard Fast was born January 11, 1914. The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, he was raised in a poor family, and his politics have always been an important part of his life and work. A fighter for anti-Fascist causes and a member of the Communist party, he was jailed for three months during the 1950s for refusing to testify about his political activity. Blacklisted as a result, he founded his own publishing house, Blue Heron Press, which released his novel Spartacus (1951), which was made into a popular film in 1960. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham. Fast's first novel was published in 1933 during the Great Depression, and he has had a solidly successful career ever since. Considered to be one of the world's most widely read writers, his books have been translated into 82 languages. More than 10 of his novels have been made into films, and The Immigrants (1977) was made into a television miniseries in 1979. His novels are page-turners, in which characters struggle with personal, political, and religious questions in their lives. The female characters-a number of his books have female protagonists-are strong, intelligent, and capable people who must fight to maintain their families and their fortunes amidst the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Howard Fast died on March 12, 2003.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Open Road Media. 424 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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