Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

How The Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

Book - 2011
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James Carroll's urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. That fervor animates American history as much as it does the Middle East, in the present as deeply as in the past. In Carroll's provocative reading of the deep past, the Bible came into being as an act of resistance to the violence that threatened Jerusalem from the start. Centuries later, holy wars burned apocalyptic Jerusalem into the Western mind, sparking expressly religious conflict among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The heat stretched from Richard the Lionheart to Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, whose World War I conquest of the city relit the fuse for a war that still rages. Carroll's brilliant leap is to show how, as Christopher Columbus was dispatched from the Crusades-obsessed Knights Templar's last outpost in Iberia, the New World too was powerfully shaped by the millennial obsessions of the City on a Hill -- from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson 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 Jerusalem fever is the key that unlocks world history, and the diagnosis that gives us our best chance to reimagine peace.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2011
ISBN: 9780547195612
Branch Call Number: 956.94 C2365j
Characteristics: xi, 418 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 07, 2019

Some people read a couple of books and think they understand history- no more than Islamophobic, don"t let that racist taint your thinking, the Crusaders according to historians lead by the Pope and the British and French along with anyone else that would join them traveled to Jerusalem killing Jews on the way to get ready to mass murder all the people in Jerusalem .. that is Christianity ... as they looked to retake the Holy Land from the so-called "Infidel" they murdered everyone Jews, Christians and Muslims, never sparing a soul..this is what the Crusaders brought to this world, and what about the Mongols, hoards of the same murderous people that destroyed a tremendous amount of people and lives and places, and yet 3 generations later they reverted to Islam, the Truth!

Jan 10, 2019

Sorry but I was not impressed at all. Because I am an avid historical reader and researcher, political activist and researcher, this book was liberal revisionist history. He left out so much truth about history in this book that we come away with nothing substantial. He especially leaves out why the Christian Crusades actually happened. In it he paints the Islamists as protecting their realm from the aggressor Christian Kingdoms. However, as relevant history points out the reason for the Crusades was to stop the Islamic Crusades against the West. He doesn't point out that if it were not for the Mongols the Muslims would have ruled over the Western Christian Kingdoms. And no mention that Spain, Portugal, Southern France, Greece and parts of Italy were part of the Islamic state (Caliphate) for hundreds of years. Nor that Islam was stopped at the Gates of Vienna much later as Islam was once again on the march. That's chapter "Rock of Islam." What this book isn't really about Is Jerusalem. On a separate note you might like to read "Terrorist Hunter" by Rita Katz that might open your eyes about the real terrorist threats in the West. Let me make this very clear about Jerusalem it's the most important city in the world and discussing it in a historical perspective needs to be done with-out liberal politically correct semantics.

Bettylg Jun 18, 2014

Wow. The Description above does not do this book justice. Read it and understand how apocalyptic thinking - the bedrock of fundamentalism in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - legitimizes all sorts of reprehensible behavior in all parts of the world.

Dec 17, 2011

Insightful and informative. The book explores the history of the city and its connections to world history, as well as its religious and cultural importance. I picked up a good deal of information I didn't know about.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

Discusses the history of the city, as well as the religious fervor and conflicts it has inspired.


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