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In this important work of historical restoration, Amos Elon shows how a persecuted clan of cattle dealers and wandering peddlers was transformed into a stunningly successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, tycoons, and activists.
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Amos Elon is the author of eight widely praised books including Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild, and the New York Times bestseller Israelis: Founders and Sons. He was a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He passed away in 2009.

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"Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages." --The New York Times"[Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done." --Los Angeles Times"A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes." --The New York Times Book Review"Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon." --The New York Review of Books"If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's The Pity of It All--a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own." --Joan Didion, author of Political Fictions Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages. The New York Times [Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done. Los Angeles Times A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes. The New York Times Book Review Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon. The New York Review of Books If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's The Pity of It All--a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own. Joan Didion, author of Political Fictions" Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages. "The New York Times" [Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done. "Los Angeles Times" A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes. "The New York Times Book Review" Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon. "The New York Review of Books" If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's "The Pity of It All--"a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own. "Joan Didion, author of Political Fictions"" "Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages." --"The New York Times" "[Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done." --"Los Angeles Times" "A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon." --"The New York Review of Books" "If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's "The Pity of It All--"a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own." --Joan Didion, author of "Political Fictions"

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