Jerusalem: The Biography (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

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.

Includes a bonus PDF of the family trees of the kings, high priests, rulers, caliphs, and dynasties of Jerusalem

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
JL
John Lee
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
25:21
hr min
RELEASED
2011
October 25
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
SIZE
817.9
MB

Customer Reviews

john.allen035 ,

Phenomenal!

This book is a wonderful read! The whole story of Jerusalem from the time of Abraham to the six days war is both heartbreaking and charming. Simon Sebag Montefiore knows how to write to make the history go by! It was quite profound when listening I was amazed at the long period of history that seemed so short from King David and Bathsheba to Herod the Great to Baldwin IV to TE Lawrence. The best audiobooks and one of the best books I’ve ever read! Well done!

AEG_@ ,

Wow

Amazing level of details, terrifying story. Great but tough read.

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