Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 1088 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 1.18 in
Published: March 12, 1986
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0449211479
ISBN - 13: 9780449211472
Read from the Book
On Tuesday the freighter steamed through the Straits of Gibraltar and for five days plowed eastward through the Mediterranean, past islands and peninsulas rich in history, so that on Saturday night the steward advised Dr. Cullinane, “If you wish an early sigh of the Holy Land you must be up at dawn.” The steward was Italian and was reluctant to use the name Israel. For him, good Catholic that he was, it would always be the Holy Land. Some time before dawn Cullinane heard a rapping on his door and went on deck while the stars were still bright, but as the moon fell away toward areas he had left, the sun began to rise over the land he was seeking, and the crown of stars that hung over Israel glimmered fitfully and faded. The shoreline became visible, mauve hills in the gray dawn, and he saw three things he knew: to the left the white Muslim mosque of Akko, in the center the golden dome of the Bahai temple, and to the right, high on a hill, the brown battlements of the Catholic Carmelites. “Just like the Jews,” he said. “Denied religious liberty by all, they extend it to everyone.” He thought that might be a good motto for the new state, but as the freighter approached land he added, “I’d feel more like a traveler to Israel if they’d let me see one good synagogue.” But the Jewish religion was an internal thing, a system for organizing life rather than building edifices, and no Jewish religious structures were visible. E
From the Publisher
In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James
Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the
Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of
four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful
history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and
their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and
the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day
Israel and the Middle-East conflict.
"A sweeping chronology filled with excitement."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
From the Jacket
"Fascinating . . . a wonderful rampage through history."-The
New York Times
"James Michener is something rare and valuable: an honorable
craftsman doing honorable work. . . . He manages
to make history vivid."-The Boston Globe
"Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and
technique. It is, in fact, one of the great books of this
generation. . . . It will hold the interest of any reader, no
matter what religion he may be."-San Francisco Call
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
James A. Michener was one of the world's most
popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and
nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the
South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii,
Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and
Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home.
Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the
International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America.
Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest
civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an
award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in
1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at
the age of ninety.
"Fascinating . . . stunning . . . [a] wonderful rampage through
history . . . Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a
professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and
impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are
archeologists."-The New York Times
"A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement-pagan ritual, the clash
of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man's
faith."-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope
and technique . . . one of the great books of this
generation."-San Francisco Call
From the Trade Paperback edition.