In James Carroll's provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible's brutality responded to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, the mounting European fixation on a heavenly Jerusalem sparked both anti-Semitism and racist colonial contempt. The holy wars of the Knights Templar burned apocalyptic mayhem into the Western mind. Carroll's brilliant and original leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus carried his own Jerusalem-centric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hill-from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. The nuclear brinksmanship of the 1973 Yom Kippur War helps prove his point: religion and violence fuel each other, with Jerusalem the ground zero of the heat.
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by James J. O'Donnell
by John C. Bogle
by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
by Elizabeth Carroll, Jim Carroll
by Lewis Carroll
by Sean Carroll
"James Carroll, a former Catholic priest, has written a history of the city of Jerusalem. In presenting its past, James offers reasons that this city of old is so important to so many today. Mel Foster narrates as well as can be expected. The text is dry at times, and the listener can get lost in the author's didacticism. Foster certainly improves the work as his well-paced voice resonates with authority. Listeners will be rewarded if they persevere as the production is uneven--sometimes driven by its information, sometimes by its narrator. T.D. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"