Jerusalem: The Biography (Paperback)
  • Jerusalem: The Biography (Paperback)

Jerusalem: The Biography (Paperback)

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Paperback 784 Pages / Published: 17/09/2020
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A new, updated, revised edition of JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY, the wider history of the Middle East through the lens of the Holy City, covering from pre-history to 2020, from King David to Donald Trump.

The story of Jerusalem is the story of the world.

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilisations. 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? Drawing on new archives and a lifetime's study, Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.

A classic of modern literature, this is not only the epic story of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and co-existence, but also a freshly-updated history of the entire Middle East, from King David to the twenty-first century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict and the wars of today. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem - the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474614399
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 50 mm

A fittingly vast and dazzling portrait of Jerusalem, utterly compelling from start to finish * SUNDAY TIMES *
Astoundingly ambitious and triumphantly epic history of the city * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Outstanding, superbly objective, elegantly written and highly entertaining * MAIL ON SUNDAY *
Simon Sebag Montefiore's history of Jerusalem is a labour of love and scholarship... a considerable achievement... he has a wonderful ear for the absurdities and adventurers of the past... totally gripping... vivid compelling, engaged, engrossing, knowledgeable * INDEPENDENT *
Compelling and thought-provoking...Working on an immense chronological and thematic canvas Sebag Montefiore does his subject more than justice. He narrates the terrible history of Jerusalem vividly and graphically... fascinating but ghastly. * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
It is a gripping read, told with verve and fluency, and explains why Jerusalem, like a living person, has touched the heart of so many cultures, East and West, for so long * THE TIMES *
Never a dull moment * DAILY MAIL *
Full of faith, power, slaughter and fanaticism; this is a unique chronicle, balanced and critical and wonderfully entertaining. * THE EXAMINER *
This is a city that has survived Hell, and Montefiore takes you to the heart of it * NORTHERN ECHO *
A brilliantly detailed history... as entertaining as it is erudite * TATLER *
Anyone with an interest in history should read this, if only to be reminded of just how much history has rolled back and forth over this pile of stones between 1458 and today. In fact, when compared with the carnage visited on it by the Romans, Crusaders, Albanians and, in the 12th century, the teenage King of Norway, the last 100 years there have been relatively peaceful. * THE WORD MAGAZINE *
A scintillating portrait of Jerusalem. Utterly compelling and a moving picture of the city which has one way or another affected civilisation for thousands of years. Sebag Montefiore has become one of the greatest historians of his generation. * DAILY EXPRESS *
As entertaining as it is elucidating. It's a history that is sharply paced as a novel and fairly brims over with sparkling writing * SUNDAY BUSINESS POST *
Heterogenous, sprawling, erudite and touched by genius * CATHOLIC HERALD *

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“Heavy subject made easy to read!”

This book gives insight into the history of Jerusalem and, thus, some context to the Middle East, as a whole. It is a bloody and violent history with atrocities committed that are almost unimaginable.

It is, by... More

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I found this books absolutely essential whilst working on a similarly themed project, presented as a biography it was so easy to read and absorb. The style of writing that Simon Sebag Montefiore uses was a key feature... More

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“the mad, the bad and the sad”

Montefiore's book is a masterly overview of this great city. It is readable, comprehensive and fascinating. Having said that, I have a number of reservations about this so-called biography. Firstly, the author... More

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