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

ISBN: 9780547747620 | 0547747624
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub. Date: 4/24/2012

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James Carroll's urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalemuncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the worldreaching deep into our contemporary livesan incendiary fantasy of a city. 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 Jerusalemcentric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hillfrom 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. To the standard set by Constantine's Sword, Jerusalem, Jerusalemis again a "rare book that combines searing passion . . . with a subject that has affected all our lives" ( Chicago Tribune).

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