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Jerusalem: the biography

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
First U.S. edition
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650 pages ; 24 cm.
Busch Annapolis Library - Nonfiction
956.94 S

“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

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General Note
"This Is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
APA Citation (style guide)

Sebag Montefiore, S. (2011). Jerusalem: the biography. First U.S. edition New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-. 2011. Jerusalem: The Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-, Jerusalem: The Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Sebag Montefiore, Simon. Jerusalem: The Biography. First U.S. edition New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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