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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (83 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carroll Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In James Carroll’s provocative look at 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 antisemitism 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindie Harp | 1/10/2014

    " I learned a lot of things, just like I did from Constantine's Sword. THis one did not engage me like that one, maybe because I am more interested in Ancient Israel than how the Jerusalem paradigm has shaped the modern world. Still worth the ride "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by K C | 8/1/2013

    " Not as good as Constantine's Sword and at first didn't like it as well as the Montifiore Jerusalem book, but then I realized that this is less of a history of the city than a history of the idea of Jerusalem and what it means to the three faiths. Much deeper and more meaningful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nate | 11/9/2011

    " While very inetersting, I was somewhat disappointed after readin Carroll's "Constantine's Sword". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Literary | 10/24/2011

    " Was off to a great start, but it started to get bogged down with the not so important details. Donating this one to the library. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”