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    Jerusalem (Paperback) By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore


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    DescriptionJerusalem 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.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 672
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 970 g
    ISBN 13: 9780753828793
    ISBN 10: 0753828790

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, HBJF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    DC22: 956.9442
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS019000
    Thema V1.0: NHG
    Illustrations note
    42, 3 maps
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    27 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
    Review quote
    Dazzling ... a fittingly vast history of the city, utterly compelling from start to finish SUNDAY TIMES A wonderfully evocative guide to the past and present of its [Jerusalem's] story-soaked stones, even-handed, high-spirited and far more enjoyably full of sex and scandal than pilgrims might expect. -- Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT 20111125 You fall in love with the city ... it's a wonderful book President Bill Clinton