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Author: Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1993 ISBN: 9781538462249
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At the center of this massive and brilliant book is the most universal of man’s cities: Jerusalem, the mystic heart of three great religions, condemned to pay for the passions it inspires by being, through forty centuries, the most bitterly disputed site in the world.

Collins and Lapierre’s story is the fruit of five years of intensive research and many thousands of interviews. It is the epic drama of 1948, in which the Arabs and the Jews, heirs to generations of bitter conflict in a land sacred to them both, fought each other for the city of Jerusalem and for the hopes of fulfillment it represented to each. Here is the account of that struggle that encompasses the full spectrum of its participants, whose experiences, emotions, and acts of bravery have been meticulously brought together and illumined in this monumental and dramatic work.

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  • “It reads like a whodunit, and you turn page after page to see what happens next…The pace is so swift, the drama so heightened by alternating flashes of tragedy and comedy that one has to stop frequently to catch one’s breath and marvel…A story as dramatic, as miraculous, as full of wonders as any ever told.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Moving, fascinating, informative…No other book on this subject…comes close to O Jerusalem!

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A monumental work!”

    Cleveland Press

  • “A remarkable book…a history that not only clarifies the military and political events of the war but brings its human dimensions vividly to life.”

    National Observer

  • “Frederick Davidson’s crisp narration is well suited to the brisk pace set by investigative journalists Collins and Lapierre.” 

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/16/2014

    " a social history account of the founding of Israel. Authors tell stories of individuals during 1949 as Israel trys to get all of Jerusalem. It was interesting that the Arabs are also a part of the story and the good and the bad are included "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dead | 2/10/2014

    " a good way to get some historical background on the establishment of the israeli state. if you care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent, readable history of Israel's war of independence. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/31/2014

    " Great research. Very readable. Recommended by Cheryl's friend Susan as a definitive resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abhijit | 1/18/2014

    " A minutely detailed, meticulously documented of the momentous creation of the Jewish state. Of the freedom struggle, the trials and tribulations which preceded the actual announcement of the creation of Israel. The bravery of the 1000s of jews who bravely laid down their lives for the most noble cause in their eyes. It is simply 'unputdownable'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AmaranthDeFleur | 1/17/2014

    " This was one of the first books I had read, my dad had a torn much thumbed copy, and I still remember the humanity, and poetry in the way it was written. One of my good childhood memories has been reading this book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 1/3/2014

    " An amazing book that portrays the feelings of the various ethnic groups with great understanding! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cade | 12/12/2013

    " This is a great book to help understand why things are the way they are in Israel. After reading this book, and visiting Israel I have a great love for the people fighting on both sides of conflict "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/23/2013

    " Intense!! I so want to visit Israel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurence | 11/15/2013

    " The birth of Israel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 9/24/2013

    " This book shows one perspective of the building of the state of Israel, and the Jews fight for control over Jerusalem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/4/2013

    " Classic work on the birth of Modern Isreal and the resulting conflict in the Middle East. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/4/2013

    " OK. I finished this book a long time ago and forgot to comment. It's a "good read," especially helpful in sorting out the conflicts between Israel and Palestine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 8/3/2013

    " Required reading for anyone interested in the history of the State of Israel from 1945-1948. Thoroughly researched and masterfully told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 6/8/2013

    " so happy I read this before my trip. full of history and amazing anecdotes. reads like a novel.., "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/17/2013

    " This is a hard book to read. The movie, however, now that it's FINALLY been released in the US is fabulous! Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/2/2013

    " What a time. What a place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/26/2012

    " This is an oustanding look at the formation of present-day Israel. Very eye-opening and amazing to see the roots of today's conflicts and - dare I say - hatreds. A must-read for anyone interested in world politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/24/2012

    " Loved the story, very well written, amazing detail. Gives an interesting perspective . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rishard | 4/14/2012

    " I learned a lot from this book that I didn't know before about the founding of Israel. Interesting stuff. The book started really interesting, but got boring for a LONG time. About halfway through it picked back up till the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karthik | 1/9/2012

    " Describes the events surrounding the creation of the state of Israel. Good narrative and attention to detail. Describes the Israeli perspective more than the Arab perspective of the events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 6/14/2011

    " This book was fantastic. I challenge you to read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/17/2011

    " Masterfully researched! I've never read a more compelling opening chapter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saptarshi | 7/7/2010

    " you need patience to read it though.
    so read it like this:
    1 hr read
    1 hr call a woman
    1 hr reflect (part of reading)
    1 hr drink some beer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reneesh | 5/4/2010

    " Though I had read the old Testament in The Bible I was not sure of the endurance of the people of Israel. It opens our eyes to a great reading. Amazing unnerving. Incase you need action and suspense and want to relate it with real life here you go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/1/2010

    " Great nonfiction book that reads like a novel- on the founding of Israel. Captivating accounts from those on all sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/14/2010

    " If you're going to Israel, this is a must read. It will help you understand their struggle for independence as a nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/13/2010

    " Great research. Very readable. Recommended by Cheryl's friend Susan as a definitive resource. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 3/8/2010

    " Intense!! I so want to visit Israel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 11/29/2009

    " Read this book before it was released as a movie and became readily available. Had to go to Powell's books in Portland, and found a dog-eared, used copy, then proceeded to read it from cover to cover. A great book for a background to the founding of the modern Jewish state. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 11/19/2009

    " Awesome book. This book tells the story of Jerusalem as Israel approached and won its independence. It's history but reads like a cliff hanger novel. "

About the Author

Larry Collins (1929–2005) was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, and was a graduate of Yale University. He was for more than ten years a foreign correspondent in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, first for UPI and then for Newsweek, for which he was Paris Bureau chief.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.