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O Jerusalem Audiobook

O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

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Publisher's Summary

O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

©1972 Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre; (P)2003 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"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 wonder as any ever told." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Bobby 05-11-11
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    "A very detailed account of the formation of Israel"

    I was surprised at the level of detail in this truly "day to day" account of Israel's formation. The book covers the Zionist movement and the interplay between American and European governments and the United Nations to facilitate the declaration of Jewish Independence within a segment of Palestine to the dismay of the neighboring Arab states. The military and paramilitary preparations and clashes are described seemingly to the last round fired from every gun in the territory. I enjoyed the narrator as well. This book certainly allows one to appreciate the seeds of the ongoing conflict over occupancy of the territory called Israel. The long duration of this conflict however is not explained by the origins of it. To understand the duration of the conflict to the current day one must study the subsequent politics and narratives that have prevented the countries in the region from behaving as sovereign and cooperative neighbors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-30-07
    Jeff Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-30-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "O Jerusalem"

    An enlightning look into the day-to-day events leading up to the Isreal's War of Independence with insights into both sides of the war. There are many fascinating personal accounts as well as the strategies that both sides attempted to execute.

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    Randall 09-14-07
    Randall 09-14-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    Sometimes, not having been there, you just get a good feel for a fair and balanced book. This is one of those books. It is packed with trivial but not boring details that make the book come alive...like the dog that was used by the Jews to carry intel messages across town in his ear......or how the Jewish women hung clothes on the electrical lines to disguise the secret radio transmitter at the other end. Packed with details made exciting by the reader with a Jewish accent, "O Jerusalem" is the best read I have about the 1948 Israeli war of independence. With many details from the Arab side as well, it lays out the war in an unbiased and historical way. Thank you audible.com for this book. Much better than anything from the Jimmy carter perspective.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Lake Forrest Park, WA, USA 09-16-03
    Jon Lake Forrest Park, WA, USA 09-16-03
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    "Theodore Bikel is a GREAT Reader"

    Fascinating book.....and a great reading by Bikel!

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    Karlynsky 06-01-16
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    "great"

    good reads for any history buff many perspectives and background is in the story, very detailed

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    "Provides Remarkable Historical Perspective"

    You will be considerably better informed on the genesis of the ongoing fighting between Arabs & Jews in the Middle East after reading/listening to this book. Exceptional on every level - except in providing hope for peace.

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    Chad Ellison California 03-16-16
    Chad Ellison California 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent. Couldn't stop listening"

    Well narrated. riviting. enjoyed every word. for anyone interested in that time you couldn't do better than this book

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    Farmer 03-14-16
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    "*THE* book to read on the rebirth of Israel!!!"

    I don't think I can adequately put into words how awesome this book is. EXTREMELY well written, fast paced, and every phrase carefully placed. The authors sucessfully bring home the personal nature of the struggle to for parties involved, the Jew & the Arab, the leaders, the fighters, & the innocents all caught up in the epic tragic, yet inspiring, struggle for a Jewish Homeland.

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    Just a regular Joe 12-16-15
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    "Excellent VERY VERY in-depth (but Long!)"
    Where does O Jerusalem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very in-depth but very long! If you want to know it all listen to this book


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Bikel is excellent as reader!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Fight for old jerusalem


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    n/a

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    Annette Gendler Chicago, IL United States 09-25-15
    Annette Gendler Chicago, IL United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnificent, well balanced and gripping"

    Theodore Bikel is an energetic narrator who does well with all the Israeli and Arab names. This is a truly magnificent account of the Israeli War of Independence

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