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From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel—Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3, years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. In a dazzling narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life.
This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice — in heaven and on earth. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Terry Very entertaining writer but well documented references. Montefiore seems to be one of those gifted writers who teaches you history with his story tel …more Very entertaining writer but well documented references. Montefiore seems to be one of those gifted writers who teaches you history with his story telling. See 1 question about Jerusalem…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Jerusalem: The Biography. This is one of those non-fiction books that you read as fiction And this is one of those books that I'm most proud of being its editor It took us two years to complete it I don't know anymore how many times I've reread it, worrying about every detail with my team Beautiful book about biography of Jerusalem, for those who love history And they don't have to be scholars to enjoy this book I can call myself the Serbian editor of Montefiore family, since I'm Santa's editor as well..
I can call myself the Serbian editor of Montefiore family, since I'm Santa's editor as well First edition is sold out! View all 15 comments. Let me explain my rating. This book was extremely hard for me - all the way through. I knew if I took a break with another book, I would never pick it up again. It is non-fiction books like this that make people think the genre is difficult. I protest. It need not be so, and say this with my one star rating!
Later changed to two because I did learn about the city' Let me explain my rating. Later changed to two because I did learn about the city's history. It was not a total waste of time. These sweeping judgments are not suitable. Just one example: Truman is introduced as the "mediocre senator" from Missouri. I am not reading this book to learn about the author's family. A word about the audiobook's narration by John Lee. I have absolutely loved Lee's narration of other books, but his narration here was a huge disappointment.
The pacing is wrong, and by that I mean that the words in a sentence are not correctly emphasized. It is easy to follow, yes, but it is almost sung! So strange and so inappropriate for a book of non-fiction. In that every single sentence holds so much information, it is a book hard to listen to.
I didn't need the pictures or maps included in the paper book since such is easily found on the internet. You do need access to internet when listening to the audiobook. It seems to me that the book's presentation of the three religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam is balanced.
Perhaps I am not the best judge since I read this book to learn. Yes, you have to be a martyr to get through the whole book. It is over. Thank God, which ever one you happen to choose. I personally adhere to no religion.
Look at the problems they cause. If I say this is dense, I really mean it is d-e-n-s-e! I am going to be proud of myself when it is done. All the difficult names and places and boy what violence. What does it say about the human species?! Don't get me wrong.
There is a lot to learn from this book, but I instead see it as a textbook at university where you spend a semester on it. I in fact did take a semester on the the birth of Christianity and the facts that are known about Jesus, but that was years ago. That is why I need this book. I like that in the audiobook the notes are read as part of the text.
They are very helpful. What I am getting is history. Straight history. I have heard complaints that if you have faith, well you just don't see the facts this way. Maybe I am wrong about it being balanced?! I don't yet have a feel for the city, but I assume that will come later as we reach modern times. You have to understand the history and the growth of the three religions to understand the city, so we are starting at the right end.
Of course, this is not a book just about the city but also of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Chronologically speaking I am at the point where Jesus has been crucified and Christianity is developing from Judaism. Islam is of course far ahead.
I liked that the book went back even to Moses, King David and the construction of the first temple by Solomon. I have no intention of stopping, but it is NOT an easy read. It moves rather fast and you have to immediately know where old places and peoples are, like Thrace and the Samaritans and Phoenicia. I have to rewind incessantly. John Lee is the narrator and I thought, "He is great; this will be no problem! He sort of sings the words. I want slow, clear, strong narration for a non-fiction book since I want to pick up every fact.
Jerusalem: The Biography
One of the constants in so long a history is the fluidity of the population of the region. Montefiore notes that between and , before the British turned off the tap of Jewish immigration, the Jewish population of Palestine grew by ,; Arab immigration was even greater, swelling the population by , during the same period. Montefiore, the author of two books on Stalin and another on Prince Potemkin, has a fine eye for the telling detail, and also a powerful feel for a good story — so much so that his vastly enjoyable chronicle at times has a quasi-mythic aspect. He cheerfully borrows snippets of Scripture, legends and dubious eyewitness accounts, weaving them into his larger narrative. This is not an account of daily life or humble devotions. Still, for a book that spans 3, years, it does a remarkably inclusive job.
Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore – review
Jerusalem: The Biography is a bestselling   non-fiction book by British popular historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illustrates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a historical chronicle of the city of Jerusalem. Montefiore chose to organize Jerusalem chronologically, stretching it from King David 's establishment of the city as his capital to the Six-Day War , with an epilogue pondering on more recent events. In the introduction, the author explains that "it is only by chronological narrative that one avoids the temptation to see the past through the obsessions of the present. The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not intend the book as an encyclopaedia of every aspect of this ancient city, nor as a guidebook of every niche, capital and archway in every building. At the beginning of his book, Montefiore clearly explains that neither does he intend to provide a history of Judaism , Christianity or Islam , nor a study of the nature of God in Jerusalem: for these he remands elsewhere, to a plethora of other publications.
Caliphs, Crusaders, and the Bloody History of Jerusalem
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3, years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East?