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The Story of the Jews

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Stan Mack
Publisher: Jewish Lights

Commentary

The first time I saw THE STORY OF THE JEWS on the racks, I took one look at the title and four years of Hebrew school were jarred from the depths of my deepest nightmares. The second time I saw THE STORY OF THE JEWS on the racks, I summoned the strength to pick it up and flip it over. And that's where I found this quote from Simpsons creator Matt Groening:

"Funny and original, and it won't take 4,000 years to read."

My first reaction was "funny"? The Jewish history I knew was solemn, depressing, self-loathing... but funny? Hmmmm. Suffice it to say, I was curious. And I'm glad I was.

Mixing the straightforward delivery of Walter Cronkite with the sharp wit of Monty Python, acclaimed New York Times cartoonist Stan Mack has crafted a surprisingly unique achievement in graphic storytelling. Free from political diatribes, this is the perfect introduction to Jewish history and Western religion - and it doesn't require any sort of scholarly background or prerequisite knowledge.

Except, perhaps, for a sense of humor.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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