The Biography

Book - 2011
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“This is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs.” —Booklist (starred)

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

Baker & Taylor
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 from King David and Jesus to the Maccabees and Sir Moses Montefiore, in a chronicle that draws on new archival materials, current scholarship and family records. By the award-winning author of Stalin. 60,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Presents an epic story of the holy city at the heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, drawing on new archival materials, current scholarship, and the author's own family records to narrate its tumultuous history.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf ; Vintage, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307280503
Characteristics: 672 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 17, 2013

Hands down best biography of Jerusalem I have ever read. Simon you have done it again!

Jan 17, 2012

I have read 1000s of books and this man is a brilliant writer. Style of writing has an enormous influence on making any topic interesting. Highly recommend!

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