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Andrew Lawler Reading and Book Signing

Andrew Lawler

Reading and Book Signing for:

Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World's Most Contested City

Nov. 3, 2021, 7:00 pm

All Saints Episcopal Church, Pintail Trail, Southern Shores NC

Free admission, Masks Required, ;limited

Event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

Link to live videos

Book sponsor Downtown Books, Manteo

A sweeping history of the hidden world below the Holy City—a saga of biblical treasures, intrepid explorers, and political upheaval

"These untold stories of archeological digs near and under Jerusalem’s sacred sites convey all the colorful and violent and contentious history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ... A compulsive read.” —Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author of The Outlier

Andrew Lawler has a new book coming out (he did the book about the Lost Colony a few years back that remains one of our best-selling books)- this one is called Under Jerusalem and here is a synopsis-

A sweeping history of the hidden world below the Holy City—a saga of biblical treasures, intrepid explorers, and political upheaval

In 1863, a French senator arrived in Jerusalem hoping to unearth relics dating to biblical times. Digging deep underground, he discovered an ancient grave that, he claimed, belonged to an Old Testament queen. News of his find ricocheted around the world, evoking awe and envy alike, and inspiring others to explore Jerusalem’s storied past.

In the century and a half since the Frenchman broke ground, Jerusalem has drawn a global cast of fortune seekers and missionaries, archaeologists and zealots, all of them eager to extract the biblical past from beneath the city’s streets and shrines. Their efforts have had profound effects, not only on our understanding of Jerusalem’s history, but on its hotly disputed present. The quest to retrieve ancient Jewish heritage has sparked bloody riots and thwarted international peace agreements. It has served as a cudgel, a way to stake a claim to the most contested city on the planet. Today, the earth below Jerusalem remains a battleground in the struggle to control the city above.

Under Jerusalem takes readers into the tombs, tunnels, and trenches of the Holy City. It brings to life the indelible characters who have investigated this subterranean landscape. With clarity and verve, acclaimed journalist Andrew Lawler reveals how their pursuit has not only defined the conflict over modern Jerusalem, but could provide a map for two peoples and three faiths to peacefully coexist.

Andrew Lawler Reading and Book Signing

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