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The Golden City: Jerusalem's 3,000 Years

by Neil Waldman

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The Golden City: Jerusalem's 3,000 Years is a beautifully illustrated book that takes readers back to 1004 B.C., when King David named Jerusalem the capital of Israel, up to 1967, the Six Day War. This is quite a feat to cover 3,000 years in just 32 pages. Waldman, who both illustrated and wrote the book, explains the wars, destruction and rebirth of the city and why it is such a spiritual place for so many.It would be a good introduction to religion for pre-teens. ( )
  erinchauff | Jan 21, 2013 |
History, religion for 10 year olds
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
Beautifully illustrated and concise overview of the history of Jerusalem, with a time line from 1004 BC when Kind David establishes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to 1967 when Israeli troops captured the eastern side of the city during the Six Day War. ( )
  kthomp25 | Apr 21, 2010 |
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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1995)
A sentimental account of Jewish history, seen through the lens of Jerusalem. This is an interesting perspective in itself, but Waldman (Nancy Luenn's Mother Earth, 1992, etc.) often overly romanticizes and is entirely subjective about a topic that few people can approach objectively. For instance, in describing the events that led up to the destruction of the Second Temple, he writes "Roman oppression increased, and the Jews revolted," which some may see as a tendentious reversal of causes and effects. The Jewish defense of the city is invariably heroic, and, despite sensitivity toward others' religious beliefs elsewhere, Waldman makes a cloaked reference, at least for children, to "a great prophet [Jesus]" who "nearly two millennia earlier . . . discussed the future of humanity with his disciples." The illustrations--done in watercolor and colored pencils, with a predilection for juxtaposing shades of purple with shades of green--appear like elegant snapshots against a grainy, beige background, each one with a caption (location, date). Although they are not on the whole very detailed, the architectural drawings are accurate and evocative. Chronology. 1995, Atheneum, $15.00. © 1995 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689800800, Library Binding)

Celebrating the three thousandth anniversary of the fabled city, the author of Nessa's Fish follows Jerusalem's rich, sometimes turbulent history from its founding by King David to its present place in the Jewish state of Israel.

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The history of the city of Jerusalem, from the time of Moses and the tablets of the law, through its time as Solomon's city, through centuries of strife, to the present day city, the capital of Israel.

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