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Editorial Reviews. Review. Jewish Book Council Book of the Year "Spectacular. [ Montefiore] Jerusalem: The Biography by [Montefiore, Simon Sebag]. Editorial Reviews. Review. “A fittingly vast and dazzling portrait of Jerusalem, utterly compelling Jerusalem: The Biography by [Montefiore, Simon Sebag]. Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.
A vastly enjoyable chronicle [with] many fascinating asides. Montefiore has a fine eye for the telling detail, and also a powerful feel for a good story. Montefiore is that rarest of things: a historian who writes great, weighty tomes that read like the best thrillers. He has a visceral understanding of what makes history worth reading. A powerful achievement, erudite without pedantry, and intimate with the complex archaeology of the city on the ground. In the matter of competing faiths, it is all but pitch-perfect. Jerusalem: The Biography is a double-headed book: at once a scholarly record and an exuberantly written popular tour de force.
Jerusalem is not so much a place, more an obsession.
It was obsession, faith and persecution that finally saw the return of the first people of the Book. History has been laid down here layer by layer, one civilization building on the stones of another, one religion laid down on the beliefs of another, the sediments of time and faith.
But given the sensitivity of the place, given its importance in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the kind of archaeology that would uncover so much of what is hidden has always been problematic, particularly around the area of the Temple Mount.
In this particular regard the author touches on the story of one Captain Monty Parker, a louche Englishman, a sort of Flashman-like figure, whose archaeological explorations in the city before the First World War in search of the Ark of the Covenant were carried out with an Indiana Jones lack of finesse.
He is the only man in history to have caused a riot that united Muslims and Jews! The other thing about this deeply impressive and lucid book is that Montefiore manages to pack in so much so effortlessly without seeming to overwhelm one with detail; but there is detail and detail aplenty, from high history to the comically Rabelaisian. I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts, not just his account of Captain Monty but also his sketch of some of the earlier pilgrims, who did not always arrive filled with holy purpose and celestial thoughts.
There is Arnold von Harff, a German knight, who visited the city in the fifteenth century, armed with a few phrases in Arabic and Hebrew, which leave little doubt as to his profane intentions; How much will you give me? Available for download. Not available in stores.
Jerusalem 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. In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life.
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Then go to step 5. His masterful research and his gift for bringing it all to life make this fascinating work a treasure-trove for scholars and laymen alike. Not only has Montefiore delivered a piece of superb scholarship, he has done so in an extremely easy-to-read style. The author tells the history of the complex relationships that existed between long-dead peoples in a manner that makes them seem human and understandable.
It provides a perfect, almost providentially designed, opportunity for one of our greatest biographers to display every one of his skills.
He manages to construct a history that no fair-minded reader can conclude is anything other than judicious, nuanced, balanced, and sensitive. When history is written this way one can never have too much.
Montefiore writes with verve, sensitivity and a keen eye for the entertaining historical detail. Montefiore succeeds because of the power of his storytelling. Some fascinating sources are entirely new to English readers. This is a compelling narrative and an important book.