Letters to Auntie Fori

Letters to Auntie Fori : 5000 Years of Jewish History

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Some time ago an elderly Indian friend of Martin Gilbert's, known to him as Auntie Fori, revealed that she was actually Jewish and asked him to recommend a history of the Jews. He decided to write it for her, in letter form, week by week. This book is the result. The letters begin with Abraham's journey from Mesopotamia to Canaan and cover all the great events of Jewish history: the migration to Egypt, entering the Promised Land, Moses and the Ten Commandments, the kingdoms of David and Solomon, the Assyrian destruction of Jewish independence, and so on through ancient and medieval times up to the present day. As one would expect, he writes particularly well - and movingly - about the Holocaust. The last couple of letters in this selection are about the modern state of Israel.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 139 x 216 x 40mm | 595g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753816938
  • 9780753816936

About Martin Gilbert

Born in London in 1936 and now resident in north London, Sir Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School and Magdalene College, Oxford. An outstanding historian of the 20th century, he became the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill in 1968 and has written to great acclaim on the Holocaust and the events of the Second World War.
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