(Art) Story of the Jews (Simon Schama) (PBS)

Schama really sounds like a captivating storyteller.

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I wasn’t sure if or how I was going to make it through the entire Simon Schama “The Story of the Jews” on PBS, but I’m glad I did. And while I don’t think I’ll read the book, the television program turned out to be the perfect medium for Schama. A cultural historian and an art historian, Schama has written books about and “starred” in television programs on the French Revolution, the Dutch Golden Age, the history of western art, and Rembrandt. Not a “professional historian of Jewish history,” Schama brings two things to the subject that often goes missing in the field. The first thing is the trained eye of an art historian. The second thing is Schama himself, a star academic, whose wit is elegantly crisp and tailored. Impeccably dressed up for broad public consumption, the story of the Jews has been transformed by Schama into a stream…

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