The thirteenth tribe: the Khazar empire and its heritage

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Random House, Jul 12, 1976 - History - 255 pages
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An account of the Medieval Khazar Empire of Eastern Europe and of the circumstances leading to the Khazar's tenth-century mass conversion to Judaism presents the Khazars as the forefathers of Western Jewry

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The author appears to promote a plausible theory with a lot of convincing background information, facts and references. It is based on good research. The facts did not change since 1976. One reviewer, J Bel-Goodreads, states in a lengthy and academic sounding review, that new linguistic and genetic findings contradict the theory. Interestingly, the reviewer does not give references to support his statement. Such subjective criticisms with clearly pro-Israel undertones, do not detract from the value of the book. I highly recommend it. 

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I found this book riveting and informative. I am most likely descended from the 13th Tribe. I gained tremendous insight into my people's history. Read full review


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About the author (1976)

Born in Budapest in 1905, educated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. A communist during the 1930s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in 1938. Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. Released through the last-minute intervention of the British government, he went to France where, the following year, he again was arrested for his political views. Released in 1940, he went to England, where he made his home. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the 20th century. He died in 1983.

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