Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian and novelist whose bestselling books have been published in over 48 languages. His works of history have won prizes in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Austria and Italy. His interview with us is about the best books on Jerusalem, and his own books have been recommended on Five Books many times. His own favourites are his works of historical fiction—the three books, starting with Sashenka, that make up his Moscow trilogy.

Books by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Interviews with Simon Sebag Montefiore

The best books on Jerusalem, recommended by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a place of longing for three faiths—and yet we know it mostly as a place of strife and conflict. British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: the Biography, recommends books that capture the historical ups and downs of this ever-changing city, but also its vitality, including its irresistible cuisine.

Interviews where books by Simon Sebag Montefiore were recommended

The best books on Revolutionary Russia, recommended by Thomas Keneally

Best-selling author Thomas Keneally explains that the Cold War biographies couldn’t afford to say that Stalin was attractive, or that Lenin was magnetic, but they were, because otherwise people wouldn’t have followed them. He picks some great introductions to Revolutionary Russia.

The best books on Catherine the Great, recommended by Andrei Zorin

She was born in 1729 as Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, a German princess, but by 1762 had become Empress of All Russia and went on to rule for 34 years as Catherine II. She regarded herself as an enlightened despot who embraced the ideas of the Enlightenment and consorted with the French philosophes. Russian historian Andrei Zorin introduces the remarkably industrious and able politician who is remembered as Catherine the Great.

The best books on Tsarist Russia, recommended by Andrei Maylunas

From the days it was known as Muscovy to the Russian Empire described by the great novelists of the 19th century, historian Andrei Maylunas recommends books that give a feel for the country. Two are works of history, one is notes from a visiting ambassador in the 16th century, two are novels. All are entertaining to read and key to understanding the present.

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