My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is a wonderful account of self-discovery and the roots of Western religion tied together. Feiler, along with his guides and companions on his journeys, sets out to read the important passages of the Hebrew Bible in the very places where those passages were written. To this end, he visits Israel, Iraq, and Iran, experiencing the historical sites and engaging the cultures which currently inhabit those places. Feiler’s treatment of history is stupendous, especially in his treatment of the development of the ideas unique to the Western faiths. His personal account is perpetually engaging. And his interactions with others throughout the book are always fascinating and insightful, both into history and into the current state of affairs in the Middle East and in the world as a whole. I recommend this book to anyone interested in history, in religion, and in an engaging account of a man finding his roots.