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O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel | [Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre]

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

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.
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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 Antioch, CA, United States 05-11-11
    Bobby Antioch, CA, United States 05-11-11 Member Since 2009
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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
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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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    zombie64 Washington, D.C. 07-15-14
    zombie64 Washington, D.C. 07-15-14

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    What did you love best about O Jerusalem?

    O Jerusalem was written with a focus on the individuals in the Jewish community during the seige of Jerusalem and the events leading up to the War of Independence of 1948. It was written in a journalistic style, not unlike "And the Beat Goes On", etc. I could not stop listening.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This narrative was a well-rounded account of the lives of the Sabras, including their romances, their jobs, such as military or intelligence, and the events surrounding the days leading up to the Israeli war of independence. Not all characters are able to be given a deep treatment, as there are so many individuals. Some of the Arab individuals are also covered, but mostly the destructive ones, such as the notorious Hajj Amin Al Huseini, the anti-Jewish Mufti of Jerusalem. The entire book had a simultaneous sense of hope and doom, which is probably what the Jews were feeling. The British had just announced that they were going to leave the area of the British Mandate, and no one knew what the aftermath would look like. This book also covered the incredible preparations made by the Jewish community under the leadership of the amazing David Ben Gurion. Also appreciated is the factual accuracy of events. However, make no mistake, this book is written from a Jewish, Western point of view. There are no Arab heroes, except perhaps for the venerable King Abdullah of Jordan.


    Which character – as performed by Theodore Bikel – was your favorite?

    Mr. Bikel has an amazing affinity for the Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish tongues. It was so genuine. Furthermore, he has a dramatic voice and intonation that makes one feel as if they are at a Shakespeare play and they just want to keep listening. I suspect he is a professional actor of many talents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Courage under Fire


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    bvo1863 Haifa 12-21-12
    bvo1863 Haifa 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An astonishing story"

    Never in my live I listened to a such astonishing story.
    I could not wait to continue listening, I went from totally amazed to tears.
    This book is a must for whom want know more about the founding of the state of Israel, and resourcefulness and creativity of the Jewish people in there battle for Jerusalem and there existence.

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    Larry Port St Lucie, FL, United States 09-01-12
    Larry Port St Lucie, FL, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding History of Jerusalem"
    What made the experience of listening to O Jerusalem the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I was part of the history, day by day, sitting in on the war room meetings that changes the course of Jerusalem history


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    N. C. Jarrett Arizona 06-29-12
    N. C. Jarrett Arizona 06-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling, Character driven history"

    This is not a comprehensive history of the struggle for Jewish statehood following WWII, but it centers around the campaign to capture / hold Jerusalem. The historical figures Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Ehud Avriel, and even the leaders of the Arab nations provide the depth and richness that make the history come alive. It is not a technical piece about military strategy, it is a collection of very personal reflections from those who struggled to survive during this conflict.

    If you want a story about military science... this may have a few tidbits for you.If you want to understand a slice of the people and times of 1948 Israel this book captures that very well.

    Narrator is good too. He has an Israeli accent but speaks clearly and has a good story-telling tone and voice.

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    James Midlothian, VA, United States 06-03-12
    James Midlothian, VA, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A fantastic and seemingly balanced narrative!"

    To take a subject as debated as the establishment of modern Israel and write what genuinely seems to be a well balanced book is in and of itself an impressive feet, but to do so in a well written narrative that holds the readers attention is amazing! Despite the length of this audio book, I never felt that it became bogged down. The readers voice and cadence well match the subject matter.
    The only thing I would add if I could is that surely the print version of this book has maps in it. I wish Audible would offer those maps as part of the download. After listening for a few hours to the book I go back to the computer and try to find the locations the authors were writing about... But that is a complaint about the audio book format. I have absolutely no complaints about this book or the reader!

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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Required reading in my house..."

    Theodore Bekel is a master ,as good a reader as there can be. I only wish that he read in
    my genre... The book itself is a masterpiece unbiased and tragic , humorous and
    deeply sad . Always moving forward ,,,you can feel the beating hearts of the now dead
    participants ... The hopes ,dreams ,hate ,fear . I'm not Jewish or Arabic but I was
    there. Paul T.

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