The History of the Jews is expected to be one of the most discussed books of 2013. Accompanied by a major BBC television series, it is a landmark history of a culture, a people, a world – from the time of Moses to our own. Simon Schama presents a special preview of the book and documentary at Jewish Book Week. It describes an intellectual territory reaching from the Hebrews’ invention of a single God to Jewish responsibility for killing the saviour, to currents of dispossession, destruction and diaspora. The account takes in the birth of modernism and the horrors of the 20th Century. In Schama’s inimitable style, this is not only indispensable history, it is raucous and characterful too, taking in the Jewish joke, Jewish sportsmen, Yiddish theatre, painting and music.