The Biography
Original Publish Date: Oct 25, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (25.35 hours)
Product Number: Z100023730
Released: Oct 25, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307878687
Narrator/s: John Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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

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Product Number EB00170908
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307594488

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"The author paints a portrait of Jerusalem through the people who most shaped its history--from King David to today. Because of the denseness of the material, listening can be a challenge at times, but narrator John Lee carries the listener along with a conversational tone. He doesn't add any false dramatics, but he varies his voice enough so that listeners won't tune out. The author's writing style also is accessible. The material is evenhanded, giving no edge to any of the three monotheistic religions that put Jerusalem at the heart of their beliefs. R.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"