Jerusalem, The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
This is a must read for anybody with the slightest interest in the contemporary conflict surrounding Israel and Palestine, and it’s part in many of the conflicts of the past 3000 years.
Simon Sebag Montefiore gives a fast pasted and well narrated history behind this little plot of land so often caught up and crushed in between the great empires of the time. The questions filling out the last blank papers of the book is how anybody freely can settle in a place that judged by it’s historical record more or less guarantees that violence will come knocking at your door. One the one hand Jerusalem through the perspective of this book looks like a great window into the past, how religions came and went, the search for the divine, the story behind of the jewish culture etc. and on the other as a portrait of a giant meat grinder.
Andrew Sachs does a splendid job performing the audiobook version.
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