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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Touchstone ed edition (May 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671662414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671662417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A monumental work!"

-- Cleveland Press

"Moving, fascinating, informative.... No other book on this subject...comes close to O Jerusalem!"

-- Los Angeles Times

"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."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"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."

-- The National Observer

"A story as dramatic, as miraculous, as full of wonders as any ever told."

-- The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Larry Collins is the author of Fall from Grace, The Road to Armageddon, and coauthor, with Dominique Lapierre, of the bestselling Is Paris Burning?, Or I'll Dress You in Mourning, Freedom at Midnight, The Fifth Horseman, and Is New York Burning?, books read by millions of people in more than thirty languages. He died in 2005.

Dominique Lapierre is the author of the bestselling The City of Joy, Beyond Love, A Thousand Suns, and Five Past Midnight in Bhopal. He lives in France.

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Customer Reviews

I read this book cover to cover.
Emily
The major players in this historical drama are made to breath because their characters are written about with the style of a great historical novel.
R. J. Marsella
A must read to understand the history of the Middle East today.
Daniel C. Inghram

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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful By shiloh.brown@fmr.com on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I tend towards books in the historical novel genre, and count among my favorite authors Herman Wouk and Leon Uris. "O Jerusalem!" was recommended to me by someone familiar with my interest in the history of Israel, and I was hesitant to read it at first, thinking that I didn't want to slog through some dry account of such a worthwhile topic.
Well, "dry" cannot be applied to any aspect of this book. Considering all of the college history books I've read, I think I can truly say that this is the best "true" historical telling of a topic that I've read...yet. The authors, in true journalistic form, did their research, and brought in those "human interest" aspects I so love in the historical novels. Their treatment of both the Arabs and the Jews is about as unbiased as one can be--I didn't see any blatant pandering to either side-- and felt that any (potentially) incindiary remarks were based wholly on historical track record (e.g., Arabs don't have a history--in Palestine--of cultivating the land, and this neglect is mentioned a few times). I recommend this book to anyone wishing for an in-depth (but not too technically deep!) look into the partition vote, the siege of Jerusalem, and the establishment of the State of Israel. ( As an aside: I'm not too interested in politics, but the political wrangling inherent in the entire partition process is quite fascinating. It goes to show that 'goodwill gestures' have about a million moving parts--not necessarily made out of love!).
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful By dougrhon on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
"O Jerusalem" is a classic. By focusing on one narrow yet vitally important aspect of the Arab-Jewish conflict surrounding the birth of Israel between WWII and 1948, the authors bring to life all the characters, good bad and neutral who played a role in the saga of Jerusalem. As readers of the book will discover, prior to 1948, Jerusalem was a city with a mixed Jewish-Arab population. The Arabs and Jews lived in relative harmony, sometimes in mixed neighborhoods. Under British rule, all religious groups had access to their own holy sights. The authors demonstrate how villaims like Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, a rabid anti-semite who spent WWII hiding from the British in Berlin, brought ruin to the Arabs of Jerusalem. Indeed, the Arabs come across as the ultimate victims, which they were. Their victimizers were not the Jews, however, but their fellow Arabs. Ultimately, war comes in 1948 and the Jews are victorious in establishing the state of Israel. Many Arab residents of Jerusalem are forced from their homes either by the Israeli Defense Force, fellow Arabs or their own fears. Most wind up in the part of the city that has come to be known as "East Jerusalem". The old city, including the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall is captured by Jordan and ALL Jews are expelled. The book describes in great detail, the tragic consequences of this conflict which was not wanted by the Jews, not wanted by their Arab neighbors but spurred on by interlopers like the Mufti, the British and many bad players fromt he Arab world like King Abdullah. It is a fair analysis. It does not make the Jews out to be saints nor does it portray all the Arabs as blood thirsty monsters. It lays blame where it belongs. Those pre-disposed to a revisionist view of Israel's birth will not appreciate this book because its fair analysis does not meet with revisionist ideology. But for anyone who wants to learn the truth about this conflict, this book is a must read.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By sid1gen on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Authors Lapierre and Collins have written a wonderful account of the establishment of the State of Israel. They have talked to people on all sides of the problem (there were more than just two sides) and, although not impartial, the end result is as gripping as it is valid. I have said that the authors have not reached an impartial result, and by this I mean that they tilt towards the Israeli side. I do, too, to be honest. But Lapierre and Collins show a lot of professionalism and at least seek balance. I recommend this title to anyone interested in the Middle East conflict, together with Dan Kurzman's "Genesis 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War."
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Collins and Lapierre make an important and much needed contribution to a field often beset by propaganda masquerading as scholarship. In the place of such works of half-truth, these authors offer a crisply written and carefully researched history of Jerusalem, the eternal city. Instead of taking sides, as is so often the tendency when dealing with this subject, Collins and Lapierre give considerable attention and equal weight to all sides. The authors interviewed literally thousands of people in order to understand people's emotional attachment to this often fought for city. Using this research they then tell the epic tale of the modern quest to control it.
The book is both informative and riveting. Putting the facts before bias, they tell a story that needs to be told. I cannot recommend it enough.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on April 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book provides a detailed examination of the events surrounding the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948. The story is told through the technique of alternating viewpoints from the the Arab and Jewish sides. The major players in this historical drama are made to breath because their characters are written about with the style of a great historical novel.
Absolutely essential reading for an understanding of the foundations of the current situation in the region.
The book shows two peoples who are both captive to historical and political forces that set them on a path toward beligerence with each other that seems today to have no end in sight.
Both bravery and brutality is displayed by each side as the struggle for control of Jerusalem develops.
What is especially disturbing is the inevitability of the conflict that was accepted by both sides from the very beginning. Reading this book now with the events of each day in the news sounding incredibly similar to those that took place in 1948 gives this history remarkable relevance and enabled me to synthesize what is occurring today into a broader historical context.
The book is well researched and documented and written in a brisk style that makes it difficult to put down. Highly recommended for a deeper understanding of a troubled region of the world.
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