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The City of Abraham is a journey to the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and an account of the shared roots of the three great monotheistic religions of the Middle East.
The City of Abraham is a journey through one of the world’s most divided cities – Hebron, the only place in the West Bank where Palestinians and Israelis live side by side. It begins with a hill c
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Picador
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Jordan Sopinsky
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Do you enjoy receiving your news about Israel from NPR, the BBC, or the New York Times? In other words, do you blame Israel for all the mayhem in the world? If so, you'll find yourself right at home reading Edward Platt's drivel about Hebron.

Platt's obvious disdain for Jews living in Israel is almost as annoying as his ridiculous claim of objectivity. He often conflates what Arabs say with statements of his own in order to further his bias. Platt writes in the passive of Jews being killed, ignor
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Janet
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A most comprehensive book about the history, archaeology, and current situation in the City of Hebron. It took me a long time to read but it was well worth it. Journalistic in style but a deep insight to the problems encountered by Israelis and Palestinians in this sacred place.

Lots of interviews with the locals and good descriptions of the whole environment. The photographs are very special and create a stark atmosphere of this contested region.

I have given this a 5 star rating as I felt the au
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Bernard
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Anneke de Bundel
Fantastically written journalistic & literary account of the history of Hebron and the Palistinian-Israeli conflict. Must read for everyone interested in the history of the conflict.
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too slanted for me. I very much enjoyed the history & might have an idea of what life is like there.
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I was born in Essex in 1968, and grew up in Hampshire, Northumberland, and the Wirral. I have lived in London since 1992. I have written two books: Leadville: A Biography of the A40 (Picador 2000), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was short-listed for two other awards, and The City of Abraham (Picador, 2012). I am a contributing writer at the New Statesman, ...more
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