Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

By James Carroll; Mel Foster (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, Compact Disc, 9781452630809

Publication Date: March 16, 2011

Description
In James 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.


About the Author
James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, and then left the priesthood to become a writer. His New York Times Bestseller CONSTANTINE'S SWORD is now the subject of an acclaimed documentary, directed by Oren Jacoby and distributed nationally by First Run Features and Red Envelope Entertainment.

Mel Foster, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for "Finding God in Unexpected Places" by Philip Yancey. He has also won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.


Praise For Jerusalem, Jerusalem

"What a remarkable book. I was blown away by the breadth and depth of it. Another hugely important book from James Carroll, right there with Constantine's Sword." ---Reza Aslan