Jerusalem : The Biography

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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 Montefiorebrings the holy city to life, through the people who created and destroyed it fromHerod, 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."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
  • 88,724

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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 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 more