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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great historical work
This monumental work is the most gripping and informative account I've read about the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Of course the focus is on Jerusalem and the text does not cover the war in Galilee or the South in any detail. The work includes the roles of famous persons and the experiences of ordinary people in equal measure.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too detail!!
I think, that Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre have always wanted to be a narrower. The way they are explaining every small detail, and they describe people, situations, small battles makes you say "OK, please be quick". There are also some parts in which they focus on the "big picture", but minimal.
On the other hand, the book has a fluent...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great historical work, 9. August 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
This monumental work is the most gripping and informative account I've read about the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Of course the focus is on Jerusalem and the text does not cover the war in Galilee or the South in any detail. The work includes the roles of famous persons and the experiences of ordinary people in equal measure.

Part 1: A Time To Mourn And A Time To Dance covers the UN decision in favour of partition, the Arab reaction, some background history - ancient Israel as well as the British Mandate period - and the various missions by both sides to procure arms.

Part 2: A House Divided, deals with the beginning of hostilities and unrest in the city, the deteriorating situation on the Tel Aviv- Jerusalem road, various horrific bombings of certain landmark buildings, the intensifying struggle for the city and the different Arab forces involved in the war.

Part 3: A City Besieged, concentrates on the harrowing struggle to hang on to the Jewish quarter of the old city from March 20 to May 13 of 1948. It includes an account of the tragic events at the village of Deir Yassin, the veracity of which is still in dispute today.

Part 4: These Shall Stand describes the movements of the various Arab forces and the Jewish response. It provides details of the Arab Legion attack on the city, Jewish counterattacks, the battle of Latrun, the loss of the Jewish quarter in the old city, and the building of a new road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Finally Israel was established but it would only regain the old city in 1967.

The Epilogue looks at the aftermath of the war of independence and takes stock of the terrible losses. The root of the refugee problem is explored and the author briefly deals with the transformation of the new Jewish State into a flourishing economic entity.

There are extensive explanatory notes arranged by chapter, a vast bibliography of books, articles, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers plus private documents and correspondence. The book concludes with an index.

On the inside front and back covers and in the text itself are maps of Jerusalem and Israel, whilst the 40 pages of black and white plates encompass 60 photographs of people and places.

Both sides suffered terribly in this war. The authors succeed in being objective as regards the struggle between Jew and Arab, but it is clear that they consider the Haganah as the sole legitimate force on the Jewish side and they are openly hostile to the Irgun.

O Jerusalem is a riveting read on many levels. It holds the reader's attention by dealing with events from the perspective of a wide spectrum of individuals. The narrative is often very sad and sensitive readers should be aware that certain passages are quite disturbing. But this book is probably the very best history of the Rebirth of Israel and the part Jerusalem played in this momentous event.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An unbiased telling of the establishment of Israel., 23. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good, very readable history, 30. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Accurate, engaging, and well-researched, 3. September 1998
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One can nitpick -- vague timelines, some wrong presumptions -- but one cannot deny that this is a book which is long on fact and even longer on good storytelling. The authors have the usual "orientalist" anti-Arabism in the style of the book -- Arabs "swarm" and do "frenzied" things and are compared to locusts traveling at one point. The authors maintain a Labor Zionist emphasis, e.g. the Irgun and Lehi Zionists are called terrorists (please let the reader decide!) and it is clear that the LAbor Zionists are getting "home team" coverage, but the authors do not suppress certain facts, e.g. they do dispute as a result of their investigation the old (and today discarded) contention that Arabs fled as a result of an evacuation policy by Arab leaders and state more accurately that Arabs fled form fear of war, terroristic violence and forced expulsion. It also looks as if they talked to everyone, Jewish, Arab, and British who was there. A classic of popular history, by no means the last word, but certainly one of the best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An inspiring look at the siege of Jerusalem in the 1948 war, 4. Juli 1996
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
This unbiased account of the siege of Jerusalem during the
1948 Israeli War of Independence, told through the eyes of
both Jew and Arab alike, offers a unique opportunity to
understanding the complex situation which currently exists
in the Middle East. Written by the reknound journalists,
Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre, this book takes us on
a meandering journey in and out of the lives of the men and
women who fought, lived, loved and died protecting or
defending their city. Dozens of simple stories,
documenting the lives of ordinary people and statesmen
alike, offer a haunting glimpse into this not so
distant but dramatic past. A must for anyone wanting to
gain a deeper understanding into today's conflict, or
explore this time of struggle, birth and death of two
nations, two peoples.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best non-fiction book ever, 12. Oktober 2013
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History can't get any better that this - emotional, nail-biting, insightful - a masterpiece! THE book to understand the palastine conflict.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too detail!!, 3. April 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
I think, that Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre have always wanted to be a narrower. The way they are explaining every small detail, and they describe people, situations, small battles makes you say "OK, please be quick". There are also some parts in which they focus on the "big picture", but minimal.
On the other hand, the book has a fluent language, is nice to read as a fiction book. Writers are relatively objective.
If you just have time and are willing to read highlights from a political perspective this is not your book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read this book and then go make aliyah., 3. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
I What more is there to say. If you don't have a burning desire to move to Israel after reading this, then Zionism may not be for you after all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Give your Christian faith a boost - read this book!, 3. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
I urge every Christian and Jew to read this book - it will give you a new appreciation for your Bible, and for Israel. It makes it clear just how out-manned, out-gunned and out-supplied the Israelis were when they established their new nation - and what impossible odds they faced. Their claims to the land are rooted in Biblical history and this book makes a good case for those claims, because they obviously had some Divine Help!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well Researched Piece of History, 5. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Taschenbuch)
I very much enjoyed this book. It was well-written and well-researched. I also thought the authors were fair to all parties concerned, especially the Jews and the Arabs. My husband made the comment that he had thought the Jews had won through organization but, after reading the book, he thought otherwise. I was surprised by the involvement of the British. Excellent book.
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