Book presentation at IDB Cultural Center




Jerusalem: A Biography 

now out in paperback



Thursday, October 25, 2012

6:30 PM

Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public


The IDB Cultural Center

in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel, 

presents the UK historian

Simon Sebag Montefiore


in a discussion and signing of his epic history JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY.

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.



A New York Times Notable Book and Jewish Book Council Book of the Year


"Spectacular. Montefiore really tells you what the life of the city has been like and why it means so much. You fall in love with the city. It's a treasure. It's a wonderful book." -Bill Clinton


In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life.

How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the "center of the world" and now the key to peace in the Middle East?


In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women-kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores-who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.


As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.


Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice-in heaven and on earth. -


Simon Sebag Montefiore (London, 1965) is the award-winning author of the bestselling books Young Stalin, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar and Catherine the Great & Potemkin. Jerusalem: The Biography was a Number One bestseller in the UK Non Fiction Bestseller list and stayed in the Top Ten for four months. It was Number Two Bestseller in the Israeli Bestseller list and it is now available in paperback. Simon Sebag Montefiore is presenting a TV series on Jerusalem for BBC4.


Free, open to the public, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, one block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit. Photo ID required. Unreserved general admission, 350 seats. 202.623.3558 Follow us @BIDCultura


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