My Glorious Brothers

My Glorious Brothers

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by Howard Fast
     
 

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"Fast is at his best as a storyteller"— Christian Science Monitor

The strength of five brothers will define a nation.

My Glorious Brothers is the epic story of perhaps the most breathtaking chapter in the history of Israel, a stirring tale of courage for those who like to find meaning for today's world in the great events of

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"Fast is at his best as a storyteller"— Christian Science Monitor

The strength of five brothers will define a nation.

My Glorious Brothers is the epic story of perhaps the most breathtaking chapter in the history of Israel, a stirring tale of courage for those who like to find meaning for today's world in the great events of history.

After witnessing a ransacked and desecrated Jerusalem, Simon and his four brothers — soon to be known and revered as the Maccabees — rise to lead an earthshaking rebellion. Their tale has almost no parallel in human history. Theirs was the will, fire, and unbending spirit that inspired the timeless rite of Hanukkah, transforming a society of farmers and scholars into an unconquerable army that would wage the first modern fight for freedom and the first victory for religious freedom.

Master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the story of great battles, brutal atrocities, and undying love and loyalty. But it is also a sensitive and sure picture of a people and an age, in which the mood of a small but spirited segment of humanity two thousand years ago is recreated with gripping authenticity.

PRAISE FOR HOWARD FAST:

"Emotional, exciting, and entertaining."— Philadelphia Inquirer

"Relentless pace of events...real experience leaping full-bodied from Fast's imagination!"— New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402237959
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,109,026
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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A little more than a century and a half before the birth of Christ, a handful of Jewish farmers in Palestine rose against the Syrian-Greek conquerors who had occupied their land.

For three decades, they carried on a struggle which, in terms of resistance and liberation, has almost no parallel in human history. In a sense, it was the first modern struggle for freedom, and it laid a pattern for many movements that followed.

This tale, which is still celebrated by Jews all over the world as Chanaka, or the Feast of the Lights, I have tried to retell here, considering that in these troubled and bitter times there is both a need for and a value in recalling the ancient consistency of mankind.

Whatever is good in the telling, I owe to the people who march through these pages, those wonderful people of old who, out of their religion, their way of life, and their love for their land, forged that splendid maxim—that resistance to tyranny is the truest obedience to God.

Meet the Author

Born in 1914, Howard Fast published over 53 novels, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His writing has been praised by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Time magazine. His most famous novels included Spartacus, Freedom Road, My Glorious Brothers, and The Immigrants series.

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My Glorious Brothers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me. I enjoyed it very much. It gave a personal insight to a period in Jewish history that is not very well known. I would highly recommend this for its insight to a dark time when the Jewish people overcame oppression as they seem to have to do so often, no matter where they are. I would like to see a movie made from this. That is the best way to make people aware of certain events that occurred in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Glorious Brothers is my first Howard Fast book. I found it thrilling. The writing is easy to follow. The characters are all well developed. Highly recommended.
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Read only half of book