Undoubtedly the largest and most thorough history of the Amish people, it covers the full sweep from 17th Century Switzerland to the present. The past is very much alive with Leroy Beachy’s story telling format and hundreds of superb illustrations. This mini encyclopedia is the result of over 20 years of dedicated research and can be appreciated by both young and old descendants of the Swiss-German Amish and others who wonder where the Amish come from. It is an incredibly detailed account of everything from the first spark in the 1500’s that led to the Anabaptist movement, all the way through who they are today. The book explains the different divisions and how they came to be, and this isn’t the typical story of Jacob Amman breaking from the Mennonites. Beachy offers evidence that it was the other way around. 2 volumes in slipcase.