The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and Its Heritage

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Random House, 1976 - History - 255 pages
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Traces the history of the Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe, which in the Dark Ages became converted to Judaism, Khazaria was finally wiped out by the forces of Genghis Khan, but evidence indicates that the Khazars themselves migrated to Poland and formed the cradle 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

Contents

The Khazar Empire
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Rise and Fall of the Khazars
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Rise
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Copyright

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About the author (1976)

Arthur Koestler was born on September 5, 1905 in Budapest, Hungary and studied at the University of Vienna. Koestler was a Middle East correspondent for several German newspapers, wrote for the Manchester Guardian, the London Times and the New York Herald Tribune. Koestler wrote Darkness at Noon, which centers on the destructiveness of politics, The Act of Creation, a book about creativity, and The Ghost in the Machine, which bravely attacks behaviorism. Arthur Koestler died in London on March 3, 1983.

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