The facts of the matter
Andrew Lynch picks out the must-read books of 2011 in the fields of history, memoir, biography and current affairs.
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
In medieval times, maps showed Jerusalem at the centre of the world. Simon Sebag Montefiore's monumental book shows how for 3,000 years the Middle East's most hotly contested city also became the bloodiest. Jewish, Christian and Muslim empires have all risen and fallen here, while millions of pilgrims found their dreams of a spiritual homeland shattered by fanatical monarchs and ruthless warlords.
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