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More than a dozen American cities have populations larger than Israel's capital, but none of them can match Jerusalem's hold on the religious imagination. Three major world religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) all regard this ancient center as a sacred place. Over millennia, it has sparked holy wars, suicidal terrorism, and acts of nuclear brinksmanship. In Jerusalem, Jerusalem, former Catholic priest and author James Carroll (Constantine's Sword) explores a question that has vexed popes and other spiritual leaders: Why has a city with such a rich history of faith become the ground zero of religious violence?