Jerusalem : The Biography

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Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the center 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 who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan. In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiorebrings the holy city to life 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. A New York Times Notable Book Jewish Book Council Book of the Year "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 650 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 952.54g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • 0307280500
  • 9780307280503
  • 125,332

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"It's a wonderful book . . . [Montefiore] really tries to tell you what the life of the city has been like . . . why it means so much to everyone and why it's so spectacular. You fall in love with the city and it breaks your heart that people can't make peace over it, because it's a treasure." --President Bill Clinton, #1 holiday book pick on the Today Show "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" " " "Ambitious and arresting ." . ." A powerful achievement, erudite without pedantry, and intimate with the complex archaeology of the city on the ground. In the matter of competing faiths, it is all but pitch-perfect . . . "Jerusalem: The Biography" is a double-headed book: at once a scholarly record and an exuberantly written popular tour de force." --Colin Thubron, "New York Review of Books " "Sweeping and absorbing . . . Montefiore is a master of colorful and telling details and anecdotes . . . His account is admirably dispassionate and balanced." --Jackson Diehl, "Washington Post Book World"" " "Magisterial . . . As aeshow more

About Simon Sebag Montefiore

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIOREis a historian of Russia and the Middle East. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize.Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsarwon the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards.Young Stalinwon the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Award, and le Grande Prix de la biographie politique.Jerusalem: The Biographywas a worldwide best seller. Montefiore s books are published in more than forty languages. He is the author of the novelsSashenkaandOne Night in Winter, which won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Dr. Montefiore graduated from Cambridge University, where he received his PhD. He lives in London. "show more