This book was so richly detailed that it is hard to believe that it is non-fiction, and yet a quick check for names, places, and objects on the web revealed everything just as dictated in this terrific saga. Absolutely incredible! This was the longest audiobook I've attempted so far and I found myself yearning for long drives and hikes to justify listening to it at length. Thankfully the Mountain Loop Highway outside of Seattle provided just the trick! Be ready to spend late nights huddled up to your bedside speakers cursing and cheering on the various protagonists and antagonists.
This book provides a succinct survey of jewish history leading toward a foundation for understanding the current geopolitical crisis through the eyes of a literal interpretation of religious texts. It goes so far as to conclude with an entire chapter devoted to religious arguments on both sides of the debate, which was unexpected. It would have been helpful if the jewish history was balanced with more text on islamic history. Insufficient information was provided on the role of the Ottoman Empire in the region. Also, an interpretation of both histories without the goggles of religion would have been interesting in light of academic research on the original authors of the Old Testament.
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