RaveForeword ReviewsMore than an environmental book about overfishing, the text includes a comprehensive natural and cultural history about how the salmon impacts the world ... a fascinating mosaic of history and science, embellished by remarkable illustrations that are a riot of fins and color, ranging from closeup natural shots to various landscapes and historical illustrations. The real beauty of the book is in its subtle transformation of a species often thought of in terms of food into one that needs to be considered with care and even championed. Its historical aspects are not easier to read once these connections are made.
RaveForeword Reviews... combines deft analysis with open inquiries in search of the emotional truth beneath the conflict ... Part travelogue, part cultural critique, and always challenging, Harris’s book has insights into a tangled and difficult region. It is dense work, in keeping with the layers of history and context it presents. Splashes of humor make it more approachable and understandable ... The families’ stories illuminate history, breaking it up into heartbreaking, real-life decisions and challenges, as when a mother decides not to let her children take the bus to school because of bus bombings. Such telling details move the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond talking points ... Written with a journalist’s candor, an anthropologist’s awareness, and a historian’s sweeping gaze, the beauty of the book comes from how it breaks open old assumptions about what Israel-Palestine means. There are no clear heroes or villains in this history, although there is plenty of heroism and tragedy for both sides to share ... In Jerusalem’s willingness to go beyond stereotypes makes it a worthy title to help those struggling to understand Jerusalem and its place in the world.