"This handsomely produced and interestingly illustrated volume is two works in one. The first part offers a survey of Jewish history and literature. The second part presents what the preface describes as 'a thematic analysis of the teachings and practices of Judaism". (Israel Finestein, "Jewish Chronicle"). "Fluently written, with an admirable fair-mindedness in surveying both history and belief". (A.J. Shermann, "Times Literary Supplement"). "The intelligent non-expert gets a clear picture of Jewish life, letters and history and it will be an endlessly useful reference book". (Julia Neuberger, "Times Educational Supplement"). "A wide-ranging account of things Jewish that one can truly recommend to intellectually curious Gentiles, as well as to the majority of modern secularized Jews who know relatively little about their complex tradition". (Louis Marcus, "Irish Times").