Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure

Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure

by Stanley Mack, Stan Mack
     
 

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Beginning with Abraham and Sarah, celebrated artist Stan Mack takes us on a rewarding pictorial
journey across 4,000 years of Jewish history, through its ups and downs. From the biblical era to the twentieth century, with Mack's signature wit and delightful sketches, we witness Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, the world's first "oy," the creation

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Beginning with Abraham and Sarah, celebrated artist Stan Mack takes us on a rewarding pictorial
journey across 4,000 years of Jewish history, through its ups and downs. From the biblical era to the twentieth century, with Mack's signature wit and delightful sketches, we witness Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, the world's first "oy," the creation of the Talmud, the Crusades, the Holocaust, the birth of the Israeli state, the evolution of the stand-up comic, and much more. In addition, we meet the men and women who have shaped the Jewish experience, including Maimonides, Theodor Hertzl, Irving Berlin, and Golda Meier. An illustrated narrative that celebrates the major characters and events that built this enduring culture, The Story of the Jews is a first of its kind and worthy of a sincere mazel tov.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rosemary Moran
This pictorial journey through four thousand years of Jewish history is, by its very nature and scope, somewhat superficial. Abraham receives five pages of coverage, and Moses eight. Cartoons tell the story, complete with humorous captions and dialogue balloons. The cartoons are contemporary in appearance, reminiscent of Gary Larson's work. The early years, up to 1900 A.D., are covered quite briefly, but more contemporary events receive more lengthy coverage. One entire chapter is devoted to the years 1900-1948, Palestine-America; another chapter covers the Holocaust 1918-1946; and the last chapter covers 1945 to the present, Israel-United States. The index allows readers to look up particular people or events, making the book approachable for readers who only want topics of special interest. Readers wanting a brief and humorous look at Jewish history will be pleased with this book; but to some readers it will pose more questions than it answers. This reviewer wanted more information on several subjects, but it was not Mack's intention to give lots of information in this book-this is an overview of Jewish history, not a complete one. The Story of the Jews should be considered for collections needing a supplement to other titles on Jewish history. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
YA-At a near breakneck pace, this graphic-novel-style capitulation of history may be short on explanations but does an extraordinary job of presenting the experiences of the Jewish people in relation to social developments and political exigencies of every era. Humorous line cartoons with the occasional dialogue balloon expressing an "Oy" or an exemplary bit of pilpul carry readers through centuries of Biblical trials, tribulations, and discoveries. Secular Jews may find themselves deeply engaged by this facile journey through a past they haven't been able to reconstruct from traditional world-history courses. Other readers, too, will find a gem or two to nod and smile over. The greatest strength of this text is Mack's ability to humanize the nexus of cultures, whether it is Jews with Syrians, Jews with Greeks, or Jews arriving in the U.S. A supplement to ethnic-studies texts as well as an informative choice for casual readers.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375501302
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/07/1998
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.16(d)

What People are saying about this

Matt Groening
"Funny and original, and it won't take 4,000 years to read."
Creator of the Simpsons
Ron Chernow
"Veteran cartoonist Stan Mack brings his hip, contemporary sensibility to bear upon the sacred precincts of Jewish history and the result is, unexpectedly, a joy to behold. The artful and varied drawings breathe an air of enchantment that will both beguile and instruct children, while the often mischievous asides and commentary should bring a knowing smile to the lips of the most sophisticated adults. By sweeping away the cobwebs from Jewish history, Stan Mack has taken something familiar and made it fresh, piquant, and appealing to people of all ages."
author of The Warburgs
Leonard Nimoy
The work is wonderful! What a refreshing view of the story. I didn't want it to end."

Meet the Author

The recipient of awards from the American Booksellers Association and the American Ins-titute of Graphic Arts, Stan Mack is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the former art director of The New York Times Magazine. He's created regular cartoon features for Adweek, Modern Maturity, Print, and Natural History, and Real Life Funnies for The Village Voice. He's authored and/or illustrated over a dozen children's books and collaborates on young adult books with his partner, Janet Bode.

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