Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem: The Biography

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By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 650 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 38mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307280500
  • ISBN 13: 9780307280503
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 132,492

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Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life, through the people who created and destroyed it--from Herod, Cleopatra and Nero to Churchill, Rasputin and Truman--and draws on the latest scholarship, his own family history, and a lifetime of study to show that the story of Jerusalem is truly the story of the world.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Cambridge University. His books are international bestsellers, and have been published in more than thirty-five languages. "Young Stalin" won the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Prize (UK), and Le Grand Prix de Biographie (France). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is married to the novelist Santa Montefiore with whom he has two children.

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"Magnificent . . . The city's first 'biography'--a panoptic narrative of its rulers and citizens, heroes and villains, harlots and saints . . . Montefiore barely misses a trick or a character in taking us through the city's story with compelling, breathless tension." --Norman Lebrecht, "Wall Street Journal" "Impossible to put down . . . A vastly enjoyable chronicle [with] many fascinating asides . . . Montefiore has a fine eye for the telling detail, and also a powerful feel for a good story." --Jonathan Rosen, "New York Times Book Review" "This is a fittingly vast and dazzling portrait of Jerusalem, utterly compelling from start to finish." --Christopher Hart, "Sunday Times "(UK) "Immensely readable . . . Montefiore is that rarest of things: a historian who writes great, weighty tomes that read like the best thrillers . . . He has a visceral understanding of what makes history worth reading." --Philip Kerr, "Newsweek"" " "Magisterial . . . As a writer, Montefiore has an elegant turn of phrase and an unerring ear for the anecdote that will cut to the heart of a story . . . It is this kind of detail that makes "Jerusalem "a particular joy to read." --"The Economist " "Simon Sebag Montefiore's magnificent biography of Jerusalem has all the grandeur and sweep of her 3,000-year history. His masterful research and his gift for bringing it all to life make this fascinating work a treasure-trove for scholars and laymen alike." --Henry Kissinger "A Meisterwerk . . . As one becomes gripped by the rich, pungent detail of the lives of Jerusalem's rulers and the ruled, it becomes clear why this work was conceived as a biography. It provides a perfect, almost providentially designed, opportunity for one of our greatest biographers to display every one of his skills. Montefiore has a novelist's eye, a great journalist's nose and a great historian's touch . . . He manages to construct a history that no fair-minded re