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Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem: The Biography

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By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore, Read by Andrew Sachs

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 134mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409113787
  • ISBN 13: 9781409113782
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 112,749

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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 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. Read by Andrew Sachs

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are 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, British Book Awards. YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (USA), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER. Dr Montefiore's next major history book will be THE ROMANOVS: 1613-1917. He has presented BBC television series on the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. www.simonsebagmontefiore.com @simonmontefiore www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore Andrew Sachs has performed widely in stage, film and television including the famous Manuel in FAWLTY TOWERS, Einstein in HORIZON SPECIAL: EINSTEIN, Peter Pryce in JACK OF HEARTS, and Joseph in SILENT WITNESS. He also does commentating, radio work, voice-overs and has read numerous audiobooks including The Magical Children's series for Orion.

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The narrative, which starts with the wortld of David abd concludes with today's tragic conflicts, deserves to be heard. THE OBSERVER vivid, violent, anecdotal and full of crazy, gung-ho, OTT characters, such as King Soloman ordering a pre-assembled, ready-to-go Holy of Holies because there was to be no hammering or noise in the House of God; and Captain Monty Parker, the panniless young aristocratic chancer who led an archaeological dig in 1909 which a Finnish spiritualist, a Swedish minder and an Armenian fixer to find the missing Ark of the Covenant ... Guess what, it wasn't there. THE GUARDIAN a fascinating tour through the bloody history of the city, read by the wonderful Andrew Sachs. THE LADY Documenting each conquest and conflict this book is a fascinating read and a significant accomplishment. -- Charlotte Vowden Daily Express