This book will delight the historian, armchair traveler, and student of Jewish history alike. Assembled between 1992 and 1994, it is the first in a series that will survey East-Central-European society. Although the authors emphasize Jewish life in Budapest from Medieval times to the present, the subtext is a history of the many facets of the culture and peoples of Budapest from earliest times to the present. The rich variety of photographs, maps, and drawings make lore and history come alive. Encyclopedic in scope and detail, this volume will certainly become the basic English text on the Jews of Budapest (and Hungary). The translation is, for the most part, adequate, and the index and bibliography (with English, German, Hebrew, and Hungarian among the literatures covered) are impressive. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries. [Jewish Book Club selection.]--Olga B. Wise, Compaq Computers Inc., Austin Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.