Praise for LEADVILLE A brilliant despatch from a modern British battlefield Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday A reporter of fearless imagination Simon Jenkins, The Times A book [that Orwell would recognize and salute,] that manages to nail our collective confusion about the contemporary state of things every bit as incisively as Naomi Kleins No Logo Guardian
'This thought-provoking book takes the reader from Biblical times to the divisions of the present day . . . With the impartial eyes of an outsider, and using a mixture of reportage, travel writing and interviews, Platt explores the history of the hill and the city . . . illuminating the lives at the heart of this intractable conflict.' Choice Magazine
'It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of the subject, either politically or theologically . . . Platt has no ideological or religious axe to grind . . . this disinterest allows him to listen to all parties - soldiers, activists, local Arabs and Jewish settlers.' Mail on Sunday
'This first-rate account blends a study of the 'history wars' . . . with sensitive reports on the experience of local people, settlers and soldiers' i
The City of Abraham is a journey through one of the worlds most divided cities Hebron, the only place in the West Bank where Palestinians and Israelis live side by side. It begins with a hill called Tel Rumeida, the site of ancient Hebron, where the patriarch Abraham father of the Jews and the Arabs was supposed to have lived when he arrived in the Promised Land. Through a mixture of travel writing, reportage and interviews, Platt tells the history of the hill and the city in which it stands, and explores the mythic roots of the struggle to control the land. He meets the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida, and the messianic settlers who have made their homes in a block of flats that stands on stilts on an excavated corner of the site. He meets the archaeologists who have attempted to reconstruct the history of the hill. He meets the soldiers who serve in Hebron, and the intermediaries who try to keep the peace in the divided city. The City of Abraham explores the ways in which Hebrons past continues to inform its tumultuous present, and illuminates the lives of the people at the heart of the most intractable conflict in the world.