Geographically and chronologically, this falls into five parts, from shortly before the Christian era to contemporary times. Historical notes provided by the editor lead the reader through a wide variety of selections from the writings of famous men, both anti-Semitic and otherwise. From Tacitus to Pepys and Addison, through Longfellow, Hitler, Niebuhr and Sartre, Rogow attempts to expose the ""degree of realism or distortion in conventional images of Jews"". It is a broad spectrum of opinion on this single aspect, and rightly Harold D. Lasswell, in his epilogue, urges that the book be used by readers, in particular Gentile readers, for an experiment in psychosocio-analysis. He suggests that the reader may learn much about his own disposition to bigotry by examining his own subjective reactions as he reads this material. Since the ""key symbol"" is the Jews- as individuals, as a ""race"", as a cultural tradition and as a national state -- it seems to this reader to hold interest for Jewish circles as well. But Gentiles are bound to be affected by this ""vast panorama of Gentile conceptions of the Jew...in a context that embraces all of history"".