Essential books about the Jewish people

A Listmania! list by David Katz (New York)
 
Forced Out: The Fate of Polish Jewry in Communist Poland
1.  Forced Out: The Fate of Polish Jewry in Communist Poland by Arthur J. Wolak
The list author says:
  "What happened to the Jews of Poland after the war? This book explains it exceptionally well."
£13.68   Used & New from: £5.84
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Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History
2.  Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History by Joseph Telushkin
The list author says:
  "A great one-volume introduction to the Jewish experience and beliefs of the Jews."
Used & New from: £4.12
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Case for Israel (History)
3.  The Case for Israel (History) by Alan Dershowitz
The list author says:
  "Excellent reference for facts about the origins and legitimacy of the State of Israel."
Used & New from: £0.72
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Jews, God, and History
4.  Jews, God, and History by Max Isaac Dimont
The list author says:
  "Exciting history of the Jews by a popular writer of Jewish history."
£4.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Jews in America: Four Centuries of an Uneasy Encounter - A History
5.  The Jews in America: Four Centuries of an Uneasy Encounter - A History by Arthur Hertzberg
The list author says:
  "Jewish history in America by one of America's most influential rabbis and historians."
£20.19   Used & New from: £10.29

The Fragility of Goodness: Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust
6.  The Fragility of Goodness: Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust by Tzvetan Todorov
The list author says:
  "Bulgaria's Jews survived the war due to the benevolence of the King and Bulgarian people. This book explains it all."
Used & New from: £9.72

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Who are the Jews of India? (S.Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies)
7.  Who are the Jews of India? (S.Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies) by Nathan Katz
The list author says:
  "The Jews of India have a 2, 000 year history. This American scholar delves into the interesting history of the three main Jewish communities of India."
£42.28   Used & New from: £17.00

Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands (S.Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies)
8.  Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands (S.Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies) by Hillel J Kieval
The list author says:
  "Chech Jewry's most influential rabbi was the Maharal of Prague. This book talks about this mystical scholar and much more."
£33.84   Used & New from: £10.95

The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
9.  The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism by David I. Kertzer
The list author says:
  "A controversial but necessary period of history to understand the European context and its effects on the Jews."
Used & New from: £1.71
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The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000 (Jewish Communities in the Modern World)
10.  The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000 (Jewish Communities in the Modern World) by Todd M Endelman
The list author says:
  "The Jews of Britain are a small but influential community described in detail."
£20.11   Used & New from: £12.84
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience
11.  Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience by Jane S. Gerber
The list author says:
  "A history of a significant chapter in Jewish history. In the Middle Ages Spain was a major place of Jewish scholarship."
£20.70   Used & New from: £9.91
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

A History of the Jewish People
12.  A History of the Jewish People by H Ben-sasson
The list author says:
  "Comprehensive study. Used as a text in many universities and schools in North America and Israel."
£34.71   Used & New from: £6.40

History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time v. 1
13.  History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time v. 1 by Howard M. Sachar
The list author says:
  "Israel is where Jewish history began and continues to capture headlines."
Used & New from: £4.06
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Jewish Study Bible: featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation
14.  The Jewish Study Bible: featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation by Adele Berlin
The list author says:
  "No study of the Jewish people would be complete without consulting the biblical sources."
£29.99   Used & New from: £18.04
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Jewish Book of Why (Compass)
15.  The Jewish Book of Why (Compass) by Alfred J. Kolatch
The list author says:
  "Every question about Jewish belief and practice are explained in this first of a two-volume set."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A History of the Jews
16.  A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson
The list author says:
  "A popular study of Jewish history by an esteemed British popular historian."
Used & New from: £0.87
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History)
17.  The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History) by Thomas Cahill
The list author says:
  "An intriguing addition to the body of Jewish literature."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Why the Jews?: The Reason for Anti-Semitism
18.  Why the Jews?: The Reason for Anti-Semitism by Dennis Prager
The list author says:
  "No knowledge of the Jewish people would be complete without understanding the evils of anti-Semitism and the horrible repercussions over the course of history."
Used & New from: £2.70
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (A Touchstone book)
19.  The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (A Touchstone book) by Dennis Prager
The list author says:
  "A useful overview of the Jewish religion."
£9.23   Used & New from: £0.01
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Jews of France: A History from Antiquity to the Present
20.  The Jews of France: A History from Antiquity to the Present by Esther Benbassa
The list author says:
  "A compact history of French Jewry from antiquity to the present."
£22.72   Used & New from: £15.32
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land
21.  Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land by Vivian B. Mann
The list author says:
  "A fascinating portrait of the history of Morocco's Jewish communities"
Used & New from: £14.95

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