A disappointing attempt to do something that -- if done as it might have been done -- would fill a real need. Good looking book, effective layout with decorative and informative doublespreads in color and line into which the running text has been worked. A skillful piece of condensation and highlighting of Jewish history which loses its importance because two thirds of the book is devoted to the already familiar Old Testament history, and the balance too superficially and thinly spun over the subsequent 2,000 years. What is needed is a history of Judaism during those years, of Zionism today, etc. in order to show the contribution the race has made even during its record of persecution. This book is neither pictorially nor anecdotally dramatic enough to do more than supply a skeleton which is unlikely to stimulate further reading.