“Israel’s Declaration of Independence states that the Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel and was exiled from its homeland. Every Israeli schoolchild is taught that this happened during the period of the Roman rile, in 70 CE. The nation remained loyal to its land, to which it began to return after two millennia of exile. Wrong, says the historian Shlomo Sand, in one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There was never a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened—hence there was no return.”—Tom Segev, Haaretz
“The reader will have understood the message: what this well-documented and fearless book explodes is the myth of a unique Jewish people, miraculously preserved, in contrast to all the other peoples, from external contamination ... [Sand’s] conclusions, which are prudently formulated, nonetheless lead one towards a sole solution: the construction of a secular and democratic Israel.”—Jacques Julliard, Le Nouvel Observateur
“Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book ... Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read it.”—Tony Judt, author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
“The Invention of the Jewish People is an indispensable challenge and a very complex intellectual exercise ... a more secure society [than Israel] would include the book in the core curriculum of its school system.”—Avraham Burg, former Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth
Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L’Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à l’écran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.
Wow. Just wow. It's hard to believe this guy ever graduated. Sure, there is always a target audience for this kind of junk, but I find Hans Christian Andersen's books more... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark
Good read. But the rulers are too stupid to understand this...Published 10 months ago by Usama Al-Khudairy
First, an apologia. I am a gentile who grew up in a Canadian city in a neighbourhood with many Jewish people. Read morePublished 19 months ago by William L. Day
This is an exceptionally well written (particularly in the Hebrew original) and bluntly presented exposition. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2013 by Hephaestos
This is one of the most important non-fiction books (outside of science) published in years, dealing as it does with a topic which has caused immense pain and difficulty to so... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2013 by John W. Chuckman
The book delivers some cutting edge research on the racial origin(s) of Jewish people around the world today. Read morePublished on June 1 2012 by kennywenny
On May 14th 1948 the British Mandate of Palestine and the Jewish People's Council issued 'The Declarations of the Establishment of the State of Israel'. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2011 by Paolo
Being Jewish, I approached this book with a lot of trepidation. Would this really do justice to our history as a people?
Yes, it did. 5 stars!
I was inspired by Mr. Sand's interview on BBC. It was a "Hardtalk" on a hard topic. that was last year and the book was not yet available in English so I pre-ordered it on Amazon. Read morePublished on June 13 2010 by Alejandro De Soler