How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
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|Format:||Hardback, 448 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 22 July 2011|
In Carroll's provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible's brutality responded to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, the mounting European fixation on a heavenly Jerusalem sparked both anti-Semitism and racist colonial contempt. The holy wars of the Knights Templar burned apocalyptic mayhem into the Western mind. Carroll's brilliant and original leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus carried his own Jerusalem centric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hill - from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. The nuclear brinksmanship of the 1973 Yom Kippur War helps prove his point: religion and violence fuel each other, with Jerusalem the ground zero of the heat.
"A masterful look at the paradoxical city on a hill...a meditation unlike any book published this season, indeed a meditation for all seasons." - "Boston Globe" "provocative" - "San Francisco Chronicle" "JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM [is] James Carroll's timely contribution to richer understanding of the conflict over this city....If you want to follow the twists and turns between Israelis and Palestinians over who may end up controlling what in the holy city and why, reading Carroll's book is a helpful place to begin." - "St. Louis Today" "[Jerusalem, Jerusalem brings a fresh interpretation of the city as well as the spiritual impetus of three monotheisitic religions' toehold in its long, bloody past....By reading this landmark book, those who think they know all there is to know about Jerusalem or the three religions that have coalesced around it will discover how much they didn't know."-"Oklahoman" the compelling follow-up to [Carroll's] best-selling Constantine's Sword...his use of Jerusalem as a prism to examine the development of monotheism, and his prescription for what he believes might be a more positive future path, provide a powerful and provocative intellectual journey." - "BookPage" "one of the broadest and most balanced accounts of the city of King David in recent years...Conceptually profound, richly detailed, and wonderfully realized, this book brings to life the dynamic story of the Divided City." - STARRED, "Publishers Weekly" "Carroll's writing is so compelling, so beautifully constructed, that, ironically, the book can be a very slow read. There is something on almost every page that makes the reader want to stop and contemplate. For those meeting Jerusalem for the first time, this volume makes a stunning introduction. For others, who have struggled with the city's conundrums, either its symbolic meaning in the history of civilization or its place in the modern world, Carroll's reflections will add clarity if not closure." - STARRED, "Booklist" "A sound,
National Book Award winner Carroll (www.jamescarroll.net) traces the history of humankind from ancient times to the present day as well as the history of religion, from the beginnings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the "sacred violence" of the 20th century. Audie Award winner Mel Foster does an excellent job with this challenging text, reading at a moderate pace that holds listeners' interest while giving them time to absorb Carroll's ideas (e.g., how the religious have historically responded to violence, both condemning it and instigating it). Recommended for the history collections of public and academic libraries. [The Houghton Harcourt hc received a starred review, LJ 3/1/11.-Ed.]-Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Harcourt Children's Books|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 15.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.62 kg)|