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Sacred Geography [Hardcover]

Edward Fox , Riva Hocherman


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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a vehicle 17 July 2002
By meg woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Telling the history of Albert Glock is a vehicle for 1) an understanding of the ideology behind archaeology in the Holy Land, 2) a broader explanation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. By looking at Glock's work and murder and running through the possible suspects, the reader can better understand the various groups in Palestine and Israel, how their interpretation of the archaeological record is influenced, and the difficulties of occupation and in particular of "curfew". It's an interesting trip, but more like a tour bus than a home stay.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and compelling! 11 Aug 2005
By Ohio Valleygirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A well-written, compelling account of the politics and various agendas of two centuries of archaeology in Palestine and Israel, as well as as a troubling and eye-opening study of social, political, and crime issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories in the '90s.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Local complexity of Israeli-Palestinian conflict 27 Dec 2006
By Stephen C. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
How important can archeology be today? Unbelievably crucial. In this part of the world it is the justification for worldview, religion, the meaning of life. It seems all of the parties involved come off are charlatans, awful human beings, and trying to justify their own criminality via archeology. This poor Dr Glock gets ineptly kmixed up in it and gets himself killed.

No matter how complex the issues of Palestine/Israel appear, they are clearly more complicated. And they are international, national, and LOCAL.

The book is clearly written and fun to read. Do not expect an answer.

I would have liked even more archeology.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative,thoughtful, repectful and ultimately balanced 20 Nov 2002
By "marialawlor" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The murder of the archaeologist, Albert Glock,proved the setting for this book's multifacted investigation into turbulent Palestine and Israel. It is an engrossing tale, and excellently written. The author considers a number of credible explanations before, on the balance of probabilities, linking the murder to rogue young Palestinian militants.
It is a fair minded work, concentrating on the cultural storm surrounding archaeology in the region. Fox points out quite convincingly the importance of archaeology as a handle to crank out authenticity certificates for the many cultures of the region. The paranoiac sense of two communities under siege and fearful of every aspect of each other's existence and intentions is drawn carefully and with scrupulous regard for opposing views. Some measure of Fox's commitment to unearthing the facts of the matter is conveyed by his sojourning in the occupied terrorities for several months while investigating the various accounts of the murder.
The subject of the book is notionally Glock, but he is a tragic bit player in terms of the overall thrust of the book. He is portrayed as a man of uneviable character. Socially impaired in his understanding of people and indifferent to other points of view. These traits, it is conjectured, are ultimately what contribued to his demise.
If the work has any dissatisfying structure it must be the way itis hurried along somewhat to a conclusion. We are given tantalisingly frustrating glimpses of the actions of people inth months leading up to Glock's murder, but never enough to stand up a prolonged analysis. The book is pool of tragic stories and uncertain endings retold in the prose of a quiet factuality. Don't pass over the opportunity to read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Fox's 'Sacred Geography' 5 Sep 2010
By Ryan Mease - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fox does a great job of blending biography, history and crime novel in his short account of Glock's life and assassination. He also blends archaeology with criminal forensics, which I really admired. The writing isn't terribly exciting, but its enough to hold one's attention for 200 pages, and this book offers a lot more than thrills.
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