Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore
"This is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs." --Booklist (starred)
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. Jerusalem's 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 Montefiore brings 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 Book
Jewish Book Council Book of the Year
Forthcoming, 1st March, 2012
Simon Sebag Montefiore's newest book, Jerusalem, chronicles the bloody history of the city, from prehistoric times until the 1960s. If you can keep all the players straight (the index in the back helps!), the book is very readable and a fascinating glimpse into this most revered of cities. - Lucy
The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it.
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Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville Caius College, Cambridge University. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.