olewarden, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by olewarden)
Everyone who has an interest in the Middle East situation should read this book. Covering the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem highlights the tremendous struggles and regime changes that have occurred over thousands of years. The book proves the folly of the sound-bite solutions being offered by today's Presidential candidates. Highly recommended!
Raissa M, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Raissa M)
Fascinating with facts and assessment of facts integrated in a splendid writing style. Erudite author: writing skills, ability to utilize the English language, history with culturally determined factors expressed as part of the changing norms over centuries. A remarkable and complex city to visit even if one is rather ignorant of its historical continuity. (While walking in this Old City one feels he/she is walking with the ancients and is obligated to walk honorably for the sake of posterity.) This author conveys a profound knowledge of the city per se, and an even more profound love of and for the City of Jerusalem.
He writes an extraordinary biography of Jerusalem: both the ancient and contemporary City which seems to exist in 2 places at one time: on Earth and in the World to Come.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Popular historian Montefiore (Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar) presents a panoramic narrative of Jerusalem, organized chronologically and delivered with magisterial flair. Spanning eras from King David to modern Israel with rich anecdotes and vivid detail, this exceptional volume portrays the personalities and worldviews of the dynasties and families that shaped the city throughout its 3,000-year history. Montefiore explains how religious and political influences created the city's character, while fostering its stature as a center of the Western religious world. He effectively demonstrates how political necessity stimulated and inspired religious devotion and how the portrayal of Jerusalem as a holy city sacred to three religions is relatively recent. Chapters are organized by epochs: Judaism, paganism, Christianity, Islam, Crusade, Mamluk, empire, and Zionism, with the body of the book ending with the Six-Day War. A balanced epilogue considers Jerusalem in the context of recent events. Drawing upon archival materials, archeological findings, recent scholarship, and his own family's papers (he is descended from the 19th-century Jewish leader Moses Montefiore), Montefiore delivers Jerusalem's unfolding story as epic panorama and nuanced documentary history, suitable for general and scholarly audiences. Photos and maps. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The history of Jerusalem is the history of the world, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the American Century. Now the author of the acclaimed Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar presents a grippingly original epic history of Jerusalem through the lives of those who created, destroyed, conquered, wrote about—and believed in—the Holy City.
Here are all the key players in a vast, thrilling, and intimate panorama that brings every epoch and titan blazingly to life, from King David to Jesus and Muhammad; from Maccabees and Herods to Churchill and Barack Obama; from Cleopatra, the Caliphs, and Saladin to Mark Twain and Rasputin; from Dayan, Arafat, and King Hussein to the author’s ancestor, Sir Moses Montefiore, who founded the new city of Jerusalem 150 years ago.
Drawing on new archival materials, the latest scholarship, his own family papers, and a lifetime’s study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of holiness, power, empire, and the only city that exists twice—in heaven and on earth.
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