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Jerusalem: The Biography

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The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.

Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern history Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 01/03/2012 ISBN-13: 9781780220253  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards; YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Prize, LA Times Biography Prize and Le Grand Prix de Biographie; JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY was a number one bestseller. Montefiore is the also author of the acclaimed novels SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER. He read history at Cambridge University where he received his PhD, and now lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. @simonmontefiore

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The history of Jerusalem related in a very clear and page-turning style: Montefiore seems a real witness of all the events of the Holy City: from the Bible priests and heroes (Abraham, Melchizedek, Nebuchadnezzar, Judas Macchabaeus), to kings and prophets (King David, Queen Athalia, King Herod), from Jesus Christ to Muhammad, from the Omayyads to the Crusaders, until the Napoleonic era and then the modern time, with the Zionism, Moshe Dayan and Ariel Sharon anf Itzhak Rabin: an epic tale of faith, fanaticism, war, blood, desperation and hope. A must-read. Guido Sala - Milan

- 04/03/2013
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