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Jerusalem, Jerusalem : How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

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Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervour unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carroll's urgent, masterly Jerusalem, "Jerusalem" uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America. Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbus' search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan. "Heavenly Jerusalem" defines the American imagination - and always the earthly city smoulders. Jerusalem fever, inextricably tied to Christian fervour, is the deadly - unnamed - third party to the Israeli-Palestinian wars. Understanding this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Mariner Books,US
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0547747624
  • 9780547747620
  • 614,772

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Provocative . . . the book brims with splendid insights. Los Angeles Times
Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carroll s urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America.
Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbus s search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan. Heavenly Jerusalem defines the American imagination and always the earthly city smolders. Jerusalem fever, inextricably tied to Christian fervor, is the deadly unnamed third party to the Israeli-Palestinian wars. Understanding this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.
I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way. Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic
"So provocative and illuminating that it should not be overlooked by anyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem." Jewish Journal
JAMES CARROLL's critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary."
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"Provocative... the book brims with splendid insights." (Los Angeles Times)"
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About James Carroll

JAMES CARROLL's critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An AmericanRequiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.
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