Biography of A Town

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Grand Central Pub
"[Bethlehem] brings within reach 11,000 years of history, centering on the beloved town's unique place in the world. Blincoe's love of Bethlehem is compelling, even as he does not shy away from the complexities of its chronicle." --President Jimmy Carter

Bethlehem is so suffused with history and myth that it feels like an unreal city even to those who call it home. For many, Bethlehem remains the little town at the edge of the desert described in Biblical accounts. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers.

Nicholas Blincoe tells the town's history through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts, and orchards to show the city from every angle and era. His portrait of Bethlehem sheds light on one of the world's most intractable political problems, and he maintains that if the long thread winding back to the city's ancient past is severed, the chances of an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict will be lost with it.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the biblical town by the award-winning creator of the Open Bethlehem documentary illuminates the historical and present-day realities of its people and systems while explaining how modern Bethlehem can offer insight into one of today's most intractable political problems. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781568585833
Branch Call Number: 956.942 B618b
Characteristics: viii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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