I hesitate to write this because I don't have time to do The Story of the Jews justice, but it is brilliant! Readers and viewers familiar with Schama's scholarly precision and originality will not be surprised by the depth and range of the narrative. Of course it is informed by his family history and his Jewish identity. The production values are excellent, so this DVD is visually as well as culturally rich. Because Schama is somehow able to make complex historical and religious concepts accessible to non-Jewish viewers, and also because he doesn't shirk the hard questions about inter-faith conflict, this would be an excellent starting point for anyone keen to learn about the Jewish people through the ages, from the beginnings to the present.