Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms

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An unorthodox biography of a place--the legendary, mythical Jericho--combines lyricism with archaeological evidence to depict the site of ancient cultures fought over by Natufians and troglodytes, Canaanites and Judeans, Christians, Muslims, and Jews. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

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While bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun in Jerusalem for five years during the turmoil of the Palestinian intifada, Ruby rented a little house from a friend in Jericho for occasional getaways. The city he found was a dusty, crumbling place where, in temperatures of over 100 degrees, it "looked heat-stroked and in deep slee.... Nothing seemed capable of movement." Instead of biblical castles, he encountered enclaves of stucco houses, weedy yards, sheep idling in roadways-an "overheated basement of the world." After digging into accounts of 19th-century British colonists, he was led deeper into the history of the place: archeological discoveries; migrations of Muslims, Christians, Judeans, Canaanites; battles; floods; rebuildings-all of it, in his view, a significant backdrop to the present upheavals in the lives of his neighbors, which he weaves into his illuminating account.
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