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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book, 30 Oct 2007
This review is from: Thirteenth Tribe (Paperback)
A most interesting book by Arthur Koestler, who himself was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and proud of it. His book quotes many sources and his thesis should not be dismissed out of hand. In itself it is of historical interest to learn of the Khazar empire that ruled for several hundred years and who were a power equal to the Byzantine empire and one that stopped the Muslim onslaught against Byzantium. Recent genetic studies point to that he was on the right track in giving a Khazar origin to Ashkenazi Jewry. I can strongly encourage others to read this book and make up their own mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History without the PC gloss, 1 Nov 2007
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An excellent history of the Kazars, detailing the extraordinary power of this kingdom and its many influences. Having adopted Judaism in the 7th century the Kazars represent the true origins of the Ashkenazi Jews - a fact that many people will wish to suppress but which is powerfully proven by Koestler, himself an Ashkenazi Jew. The break up of the Kazar kingdom and the resulting waves of migration are explored in detail. A robustly researched and well documented history of a people whose origins are crucial to modern history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 13 tribe, 2 Jun 2014
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Arthur Koestler is a successful writer whom I enjoy. This book about the Khazars who convcerted to Judaism is fascinating.

The history of any peoples is something I enjoy and this is particularly successful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!, 22 Jan 2014
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A most interesting & fascinating book that gives a great deal of food for thought! I will definitely look further into this subject, particularly as a Jew of mixed origins - thank you for a good read.
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