Jerusalem: The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem The Biography Jerusalem is the universal city the capital of two peoples the shrine of three faiths it is the prize of empires the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today s clash of civilizations From

  • Title: Jerusalem: The Biography
  • Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • ISBN: 9780307280503
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today s clash of civilizations From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faitJerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today s clash of civilizations From King David to the 21st century, 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 In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life, through the people who created and destroyed it from Herod, Cleopatra and Nero to Churchill, Rasputin and Truman 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.

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    1. Tea Jovanović on said:

      This one of those non fiction books that you read as fiction And the 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 bookI can call myself the Serbian editor of Montefiore family, since I'm Santa's editor as well :)And this book publish [...]

    2. Chrissie on said:

      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. Nevertheless, the book IS informative and I AM glad I read it, but:-Books of non-fiction do NOT have to be this hard to get through. 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' [...]

    3. Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont on said:

      City of the Book My first sight of Jerusalem was in a taxi, driving up from the airport at Tel Aviv. It was a winter afternoon in late November, with the sun well down on the horizon. The colour tones were all light-grey, not drab, just grey upon grey, dramatically punctuated by a brilliant flash of gold from the Dome of the Rock: it was almost as if I had been allowed the briefest glimpse of the celestial city, Zion itself! It was the new city we drove into, with the old beyond, the Turkish wal [...]

    4. Mike on said:

      Jerusalem is a fascinating city. Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims it has at times been the center of internaational intrigue, conflict, and reverence and at other times a forgotten backwater pile of rocks. Its history stretches over thousands of years and has been the subject of countless prayers, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It has inspired awe of the divine and hatred for our fellow human. Its history is the history of East meeting West, of religion and realpolitik, of imperialism and [...]

    5. WarpDrive on said:

      A very detailed, in-depth history of one of the most complex, troubled, emotionally and religiously intense cities of the world, the ideological center of all three Abrahamic religions. An emotionally exhausting tour, spanning across millennia of war, pilgrimage, cooperation and coexistence, fanaticism, corruption, mysticism and enlightenment. The history of Jerusalem is the history of the World, it has been stated, and I definitely see some merit in this statement. The weight of history feels o [...]

    6. Edward on said:

      List of IllustrationsList of Family TreesList of MapsPrefaceAcknowledgementsNotes on Names, Transliterations and Titles--JerusalemFamily TreesMapsBibliographyIndex(The full and extremely extensive references for this book are available in the hardback edition and also on the author's website at: simonsebagmontefiore.In order to make the paperback a manageable and readable size, the author and publishers have decided not to include the notes in the paperback. We hope readers will agree that, for [...]

    7. Paul on said:

      To try and tackle the history of one of the most famous cities in the world, in one book, is not the easiest of writing challenges, but Montefiore has had a pretty good go at it. He has tried to cover from the very earliest references to relatively recent events, and this has made this a very substantial book indeed. I won't try and surmise all 600 plus pages into a couple of paragraphs would be nigh on impossible, but suffice to say Montefiore has filled these pages with immense amounts of deta [...]

    8. Carlos on said:

      4 1/2 stars actually. This book was massive in it's scope and reach, the best sentence to summarize it and get a sense of The amount of work and the nuances that went into this book comes from the book itself "Jerusalem's history is a chronicle of settlers, colonists and pilgrims, who have included Arabs, Jews and many others, in a place that has grown and contracted many times. During more than a Millennium of Islamic rule, Jerusalem was repeatedly colonized by Islamic settlers, scholars, Sufis [...]

    9. Bou on said:

      If there's one city that needs a biography, it must be Jerusalem. In a highly readable style, Simon Sebag Montefiore takes us on a tour from the earliest recorded history to today's Jerusalem.The history of Jerusalem is a chronicle of colonists and pilgrims, whether they are Arab, Jew or Christians. The city itself witnessed a large amount of different masters, each with their own beliefs and each thinking they were the true and only religions. Nowhere in the world did so many people die on acco [...]

    10. Pink on said:

      Review to followwhen I have the energy to compile all my feelings, beyond the fact that i didn't like it. A month laterI still don't have the energy to write a full review for this book. There are some good points: - the sheer amount of research, - the wealth of facts, - the non bias of religion. The bad points:- it reads like a textbook, - there is too much information at times and it needed condensing, - other parts felt dealt with too swiftly and left me wanting more, - the bits I enjoyed bes [...]

    11. Grumpus on said:

      Two distinct ideas came to mind as I listened to this one. Since I could not weave them into one coherent treatise I thought I’d share them both.Commentary #1- If you like John Lee as a narrator, this book is possibly for you.- If you like your history dense, this book is probably for you.- If you wonder why this area continues to be so f*ed up, this book is likely for you.Sadly, Jerusalem’s history has been determined by dynamite, sword, and blood. It’s violent past has earned it the moni [...]

    12. Nick Van der Graaf on said:

      Jerusalem: The Biography is Simon Sebag Montefiore’s sprawling history of the world’s holiest and possibly most cursed city. Sacred to the three Abrahamic religions and the current centre of an ongoing religious/political/military dispute which shows no sign of ever being resolved, Jerusalem’s history is a mad mix of devastation, pilgrimage, hucksterism and blood-drenched fanaticism. Montefiore does an excellent job of stringing it all together, weaving a tale of considerable complexity in [...]

    13. Stephen on said:

      Jerusalem is a masterpiece. 10 stars. Read this book.In Jerusalem Simon Sebag Montefiore presents not just a history of the city but of the region and much of the western world. One finds that virtually every prophet and charlatan, king, queen, prince and despot, priest, politician, conquerer and crusader in recorded history has some connection to the city and has often trod its streets. Jerusalem is the center of three of the world’s religions yet until the 1900s was rarely larger than a smal [...]

    14. Bettie☯ on said:

      Read by John LeeTel Dan SteleTitus has just plundered then razed the city, a bit like the young one playing soldiers on the kitchen table:Anthony HopkinsWiki sourced: The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century honorific arch located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. 82 AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 ADPERB! The best I have [...]

    15. Hadrian on said:

      Another impressive work by Mr. Montefiore, detailed the extremely long and vivid history of one of the world's most famous cities into a very readable and flowing history, from King David, to David Ben-Gurion, and beyond.

    16. Lamia Al-Qahtani on said:

      كتاب مهم جدا ويغطي تاريخ القدس لمدة ثلاثة آلاف سنة مع أسلوب جميل وتقسيم رائع

    17. Anatoly on said:

      A very interesting read which encompasses pretty much the entire historical scope of this unique city. The main downside was pretty much due to that. Montefiore tried to write little about lots of events, even those who are not that important when looking on Jerusalem's broader history. It would have been better to write only about the major events and times. That being said, this book is quite an achievement, and though I`m familiar with a lot of the history regarding Jerusalem this was quite a [...]

    18. Drew on said:

      This book was an ambitious undertaking. Montefiore, in the end, does an OK job. The book is really slow to start off and there seemed to be a lot of holes in his storytelling. The first 2/3 of the book comes across as choppy and poorly written. There are gaps in the history and, at times, his writing comes across as awkward. In this portion of the book, he is essentially telling a history of war in Jerusalem, which is certainly important, but not the whole story for sure. I would have loved to h [...]

    19. Kiersten on said:

      Wow. This book was intense. It was an incredible overview of the history of Jerusalem, beginning with King David and wrapping up with Zionism in the 20th Century. It is a long book, coming in at 650 pages, after the bibliography and notes, but I actually wish it had been longer, or a set of several volumes. There is so much history here, and the thought of all the research that Montefiore must have put into writing this makes me exhausted, but I felt like I was barely skimming the surface. One e [...]

    20. Gavin on said:

      'Jerusalem: The Biography', as the name would suggest, is an in-depth biographical-history of the 'Holy City of Jerusalem'. It addresses a wide range of themes, other than just pure chronological-historical narrative. Namely, religion (encompassing the rise of faiths, and their battle for the city), politics, trade, population booms and declines etc In other words, it examines all the facets required to get a picture of the city at any given time in its long history and it does this with remarka [...]

    21. Manal on said:

      two reviews are included: the first in Arabic and the second in English Enjoy!!فاتنة أسر جمالها الألباب وسحر حسنها الأعين. أحبها الجميع وكل من أحبها أرادها لنفسه. أوقد الحب في قلوب عشاقها نار الغيرة, نار أبت أن تنطفئ, أعمت نار الغيرة محبيها عن الحقيقية لتصبح ضحية لهذا الحب المزعوم. مسكينة هي القدس, نعم مسكينة هي [...]

    22. StoryTellerShannon on said:

      Overly dry in its audio presentation.I find myself underwhelmed. :) OVERALL GRADE: C minus.

    23. Femj86 on said:

      Overall a good read. History is always partial and I expected the author to be biased towards Jews, as a book written by a Muslim or a Christian writer on such a sensitive topic would be equally susceptible to bias in favor of their own communities. Was this book biased? Not flagrantly so. It may have been, but it was done so subtly that I couldn't really tell. A reader better acquainted with the history of Judaism, Islam and Christianity can perhaps identify better. Regardless, the story itself [...]

    24. Shawn on said:

      This is a very in depth overview of the history of Jerusalem. The great benefit of the book is gaining a better understanding of the catalyst for current conflicts in Jerusalem today. The historical claims to the City (and parts of the City) are so diversified as to diminish the hope for sustained peace. The fervent nature of diversified worship is quite amazing, especially when read from an overview, or broad perspective. It is quite amazing that so many people put so much of their worship ener [...]

    25. Lyn Elliott on said:

      I listened to an abridged version this as an audiobook when I was driving on my own over the last three weeks or so. Despite the difficulties imposed by this regime (sometimes five minute snatches) I have been interested most of the way and will retain a memory of thousands of years of violent warfare as armies marched through Israel/Palestine laying waste to everything as they went, as well as the vicious battles over Jerusalem itself since the first of the Crusades launched by Western European [...]

    26. David on said:

      Hard to pick up. Hard to put down. It presents an exhaustive history of the city of Jerusalem from earliest times up through the 20th century, written by a learned person with personal ties into the history of the past century.However the book has a more broad coverage than just the city of Jerusalem, for it includes the military, political and sociological influence of Jerusalem on all of Western civilization. So although the city is the central character in the drama, the story-teller includes [...]

    27. K on said:

      Hmm. This was a nicely flowing layman's history of Jerusalem, over the 4,000 or so years from the time King David consecrated it as his capitol until 1967. The writing was easy to read, and Sebag Montefiore peppered the narrative with a healthy dose of salacious historical gossip to keep the reader going when things ran dry.It was, however, a very long and detailed read, a mixture of the more relevant and the less relevant, and a non-academic work which means it needs to be taken with a grain of [...]

    28. Laurence O'Bryan on said:

      Ok, I am 250 pages in and I love every word. This is a book I will be sorry to finish.I'm on page 410 now. I have to force myself to stop reading, as I want to eek out the last 100 pages slowly very slowly.It is that good.I have now completed the book. It is, by far, one of the best books I have ever read. It is also only the second book I have ever read which I wanted to read again as soon as I finished it!Every page was a delight.

    29. Gary on said:

      Simon Sebag-Montefiore's acclaimed and bestselling history of Jerusalem is an intriguing read, full of interesting lesser known facts, personages and new angles. At times, it reads almost like a well-paced novel, and is as hard to put down. Certainly, it provides a timely, as well as carefully balanced, account of this extraordinary city's long history, from the earliest times to the present day.The prologue of this heavy volume begins with the destruction of the Second Temple and genocide of Je [...]

    30. Hermien on said:

      Fascinating. I discovered I was listening to the abridged audiobook, keen to try to full length version next time.

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