Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem: The Biography Author Simon Sebag Montefiore
ISBN-10 9780307280503
ISBN-13 9780307280503
Year 2012-09-18
Pages 704
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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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 Jerusalems 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 BookJewish Book Council Book of the Year

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