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O Jerusalem [Paperback]

By Larry Collins (Author) & Dominique Lapierre (Author)
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Here is the classic retelling of the spellbinding events of the birth of Israel. Moment by moment, Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking daring as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem! meticulously re-creates this historic struggle.

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Now a major motion picture, this remarkable classic recounts, moment by moment, the spellbinding process that gave birth to the state of Israel. Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking valor as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. "O Jerusalem " meticulously re-creates this historic struggle.

Collins and Lapierre penetrate the battle from the inside, exploring each party's interests, intentions, and concessions as the city of all of their dreams teeters on the brink of destruction. From the Jewish fighters and their heroic commanders to the charismatic Arab chieftain whose death in battle doomed his cause but inspired a generation of Palestinians, "O Jerusalem " tells the three-dimensional story of this high-stakes, emotional conflict. Now with a new introduction by Dominique Lapierre, "O Jerusalem " remains, as ever, a towering testament to the fiery dawn of Israel and an unforgettable tale of faith and violence, of betrayal and indomitable courage.

Citations And Professional Reviews
O Jerusalem by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1180
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 896
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 913
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 936

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster
Pages   640
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.51" Height: 1.57"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 1988
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0671662414  
ISBN13  9780671662417  
UPC  076714017009  

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More About Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Larry Collins was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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Reviews - What do customers think about O Jerusalem?

Brilliant  Jan 2, 2008
This important non-fiction account of the struggle for a Jewish state is superbly written and extensively researched--I could not put it down. Everyone would benefit from learning some of the history behind the turmoil in the Middle East. The engaging narrative makes it as engrossing and accessible as any fast-reading fictional bestseller. A must-read!
Great historical integrity, readable style  Aug 1, 2007
The authors inspired me thirty years ago when I first read this work. It remains one of my all-time favorites. God's protection for His people is just as evident with the modern state of Israel as it was centuries ago.
Mandatory reading and overwhelmingly informative  Jul 30, 2007
Everything about Israel's War of Independence is here, hour by hour and minute by minute. Exhaustive, comprehensive, fastidiously detailed. A panorama of a land, a beehive of characters. It is a mandatory read but at times it becomes overwhelming, and it is hard to stay focused among so many characters and minute by minute action.

It will take more than one reading to absorb all this information, so I recommend to take it easy and pay more attention than I did.
Gripping, Narrative-style History at its Best  Jun 8, 2007
Having read thousands of pages on the middle east conflict (including the more standard "advocacy" (propaganda) and academic texts) and I can safely say this book is the most riveting and informative of them all. The authors come across more as storytellers than as lecturers, offering the history in a narrative style that reads like a particularly dramatic novel. The authors devote more or less equal time to the Arab and Jewish protagonists (and antagonists) in the colorful cast of characters and don't shy away from using the word terrorist as appropriate - regardless of the bad guys' motive. Ultimately this book's greatest strength is that it (perhaps inadvertently) sheds so much light on the modern debate between Israel's "traditional" and "revisionist" historians, whose arguments themselves go right to the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict. To get a real grip on this conflict, skip the activist lectures and devote a few days to reading this book instead.
Interesting historical account selectively told  Feb 4, 2007
Well-written 1972 book that focuses on one aspect of the creation of the Jewish State of Israel. Countless interviews are strung together here with people who lived through the first war between the Jewish and Arab inhabitants of Jerusalem and environs, and to a lesser extent, other parts of the area that was to become Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Like the authors' other well-known book, "Is Paris Burning," "O Jerusalem" reads a bit like a screenplay, and, in my opinion, some liberties are taken in presenting the thoughts and emotions of the book's subjects even though many of them perished in the 1948 war and never were directly interviewed by the authors.
Because of the almost exclusive focus on Jerusalem in this weighty chronicle, there is an absence of information on what else was taking place in other parts of the area at the same time. Also missing is much about the Ottoman Empire and British mandate periods that set the stage for the ultimate showdown between the longtime Arab inhabitants of the region and resurgent and growing Jewish population.
Overall, the authors' purpose in telling the story of the triumphal birth of Israel does not allow for a completely objective telling of the whole story. There is considerable focus on the disarray and out-and-out villainly of the Arab governments of the time, but much less on the everyday Arab citizenry living in the disputed territory, who were ultimately to become the biggest losers in the l948 struggle.
There are other problems with the book--the most important reference map for this book is tucked into its last page--but it ultimately serves as an interesting snapshot and a partial explanation of the conflict that continues unabated nearly 60 years after this telling. If there is some lesson here, it's that good intentions and high purposes are easily forgotten in the passion and viciousness of war.

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