The Resource Jerusalem : the biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem : the biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Label
Jerusalem : the biography
Title
Jerusalem
Title remainder
the biography
Statement of responsibility
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. 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 -- kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores -- 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. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice -- in heaven and on earth. - Publisher
Summary
An epic history of the holy city at the heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is presented through the lives of its creators and conquerors, in a chronicle that draws on new archival materials, current scholarship, and the author's own family records
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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2011.
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10009754
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sebag Montefiore, Simon
Dewey number
956.94/420099
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Jerusalem
Target audience
adult
Label
Jerusalem : the biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This Is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn701017696
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9780307266514
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011020827
System control number
(OCoLC)701017696
Label
Jerusalem : the biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Publication
Note
"This Is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn701017696
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9780307266514
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011020827
System control number
(OCoLC)701017696

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