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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381804527405 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms by Robert Ruby. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 350 pages. Publisher: Henry Holt and Company; (1995). It is a place both mythic and all too real, a place thought to be the site of one of our oldest human settlements and known to be a center of ancient cultures and annihilating conflicts. It sits at the bottom of a malarial valley, the lowest place on the surface of the earth - "the overheated, earthen basement of the world," as Robert Ruby describes it. And yet, long before the world's modern religions began scrapping over its bones, Jericho was home to waves of colonization and floods of destruction. Fought over by succeeding epochs of ancestors, the place we call Jericho is as old as the first remnants dated at 9,000 B.C. - and as current as the daily headlines. In this unorthodox biography of the first eleven thousand years in the life of a legend, Robert Ruby takes us back through time to those early settlements, then forward to the often crude but ultimately successful latter-day attempts to locate Jericho, to unearth and map and catalog its history. Beginning with the geography of place, he weaves together his own intimate knowledge of modern-day Jericho with stories of the lives and work of those explorers and archaeologists of the past whose courage often bordered on madness and whose dedication sometimes seemed the purest kind of human folly. Soldiers, scholars, engineers, adventurers, dilettantes and professionals alike, they were all dreamers drawn to this parched and dusty spot where so much of human history took place. Matching biblical accounts to archaeological evidence, sifting myth from science, phantoms from reality, Robert Ruby teases out the complex strata of the past, helping us to make sense of what exists today. With the flair of a novelist and the enthusiasm of an amateur archaeologist, he offers a tale that is part detection, part epic adventure. Above all, he gives us a work of great literary panache: witty, fact-filled, and utterly, subversively compelling. CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket. Unblemished except for mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket and covers, including very light bumping to the lower corners of the book (likely consequence of being bumped against a bookshelf when being carelessly re-shelved). Bumps are so slight that the pages beneath are entirely unaffected, it is merely a superficial cosmetic blemish which cannot even be detected unless the dustjacket is removed. Pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously new and unread. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, where otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: A history of Jericho and its surrounding landscape, one of mankind's oldest inhabited sites and, perhaps, earliest urban area. First settled 11,000 years ago, Jericho had a turbulent history long before Joshua and the Israelites launched their attack. The investigation of the site and its history by Westerners in the 19th century is used by the author as an introduction to the events of this vast time span. He also puts the current tension between Israelis and Palestinians in the context of Jericho's extensive history. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: 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. REVIEW: Robert Ruby has written a smart, vivid, inviting, even joyous account of one of the best-known yet most obscure places in the world. Part history, part archaeology, part adventure story, part travelogue, part meditation. “Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms” is above all a rich tale of men, their dreams, and their follies. Whether discussing shepherds or kings, Hasmoneans or PLO functionaries, mad dogs or Englishmen, surviving traces of the Neolithic Age or the sex lives of sheep, Robert Ruby’s prose is sharp, nimble, and always fun. This is no heavy-handed Middle East tome. Those who thought they knew everything they needed to know about the region will find many pleasant surprises herein. REVIEW: In “Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms”, Robert Ruby has written a fine, entertaining, and delightfully quixotic book. Ruby weaves together the High Victorian store of a small band of nineteenth-century British explorers seeking glory and godliness in mapping the Holy Land with a journey through the ancient and modern history of Jericho and with his own reporter’s exploration of this faded little city by the Dead Sea into an account that is itself a sort of traveler’s tale. This is reportage of the higher order, more a work of literature and history than of journalism, and it is a pleasure to read. REVIEW: 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. Robert Ruby did not waste time in the Holy Land. He became obsessed with the ancient history of only one particular place. But through this one place, Jericho, he captures the squalid and horrifying extraordinariness of the wider Near East. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Robert Ruby describes himself as a journalist, not as an historian. Indeed, as Foreign Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and on assignment to the Middle East for many years, Ruby has the modern perspective of the journalist. But do not be mislead, for this is a well researched and scholarly view without the dry, chronolgical recounting of facts and figures of perhaps the oldest settlement in the western hemisphere. His view is not tunneled through the microscope or telescope, but is instead, panoramic. To the left he sees uncovered tools from a PPNA (Pre Pottery Neolithic A) culture, in the middle, Joshua's improbable battle, and to the right an ugly crude fort being turned over to the Palestinian authority by Israel. He paints a rich and colored picture of a colorless and desolate land, and of the trials of intrepid 19th century explorers and cartographers sponsored by the PEF (Palestine Exploration Fund). His language is lyrical, even melancholy, but he endeavors to view and describe without prejudice, and wishful thinking. There are 35 pages that document his resources, but he clearly loves this land populated by "one people after another". Anyone with the least bit of interest in the Holy land, current affairs, Biblical tales, or the longevity of humanity, will find the book an enjoyable and informative read. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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