Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

by James Carroll
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Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World by James Carroll

“Provocative . . . the book brims with splendid insights.” — Los Angeles Times

Jerusalem: the ancient City on a Hill, a place central to three major religions, a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. James Carroll’s urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the history of the city and explores how it came to define culture in both the Middle East and America.

Carroll shows how the New World was shaped by obsessions with Jerusalem, from Christopher Columbus’s search for a westward route to the city, to the fascination felt by American presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan. Heavenly Jerusalem defines the American imagination — and always the earthly city smolders. Jerusalem fever, inextricably tied to Christian fervor, is the deadly — unnamed — third party to the Israeli-Palestinian wars. Understanding this fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.

“I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.” — Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic

"So provocative and illuminating that it should not be overlooked by anyone who cares about the future of Jerusalem." — Jewish Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547747620
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 795,297
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James Carroll is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast. A bestselling author, his many publications include Crusade, House of War, Secret Father, and An American Requiem, which won the National Book Award.

Mel Foster, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey. He has also won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ZenMasterJ More than 1 year ago
This very well written and researched book works on several levels at once. As a history, this is a story of one city's growth and of its many inhabitants, from ancient times to the present. The history of Europe, and the development of American culture and values, is traced directly to the history of Jerusalem. Sociologically, the book explains how each group of city inhabitants, and successive sets of conquerors, put their stamp on not only the city, but the greater world. The book also tracks the growth of Jewish, Catholic and Muslim religions as they emanate out from their core founding in Jerusalem, and then interacted with each other so as to reflect back, rarely in a positive manner, on the founding city. Most profoundly, Jerusalem Jerusalem shows how today's Middle East came to be shaped through well-meaning but short-sighted policies. Over two millenia, multiple complex issues were created, which our current and future generations must address and resolve. Carroll tells is that there is no easy fix, nor even a willingness to resolve centuries of misunderstanding, mistrust and mistakes. The book, if read with an open mind rather than with narrow vision, is compelling. It provides plausible answers to many questions that not enough of us care to ask about the role and history of religion in world affairs, politics and interpersonal relations. Jerusalem Jerusalem is one of the best books I've read in recent years.
jnt21 More than 1 year ago
This book is a little textbooky in breadth and depth of subject. However it is well worth reading. It is so full of well documented information and gives the reader a great background to understand our western culture. James Carroll clarifies the religious and the political movements that shape the reality that we are living with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a thoughtful person who cares about world history, this is a fine choice.
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richardcolonel More than 1 year ago
James Carroll had done a superb job in bringing the events of this book up to date. As well it should. He wrote this book in a way that not only make the reading interesting but also as gripping as a Tom Clancy novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this hoping to read about the history of Jerusalem and the 3 religions that claim it as the spirtual center of the faiths. One would think from the title and subhead that the author would indeed deliver on this promise. Not so. Instead we get this sprawling mess of a recitation of the author's point of view on Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. It might not be so bad if he wasn't just rambling on about trying to prove his personal pov on what the bible is REALLY trying to tell us. Although the author claims to be a Catholic (as a former priest) he sure doesn't seem to belive any of its dogmas. Mostly he seems to want to talk about how violent all the religions are and continue to be. Plowing through his meandering text just got more and more difficult to do. Before you buy read the NYT book review for a much better summary of the crap put forth by this book. Thanks B&N for such a LOUSY sample. Could have saved myself the expense of buying this drivel.
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A most interesting concept to explain the hatred, bigotry and violence in today's world
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