This is an extremely well written book which combines fact and fiction seamlessly. It is actually written in the future about the past. Believe me when I tell you you will barely notice!
The scene is Jerusalem both past and present. The question posed and one that must be ascertained by the judge is one that could either start a massive uprising or go quietly into the night.
At the end of the book the author states which is factual and which is his imagination. In a way I truly hope that his conclusion is the correct one--but will we ever really know?
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Father, Son, Stone blends history and mystery to reveal the secret of the most controversial religious site in Jerusalem — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
In the year 2035, a grandfather and his grandson enter the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The grandfather, speaking Arabic, tells his grandson why Jews no longer pray at the Western Wall below.
The grandfather's story begins in 1967 during the Six-Day War, with three young Israeli paratroopers fighting in the battle for Jerusalem. The tale continues fifty years later, in 2017, after a catastrophic event near the Temple Mount brings
together the same three men — now the Prime Minister of Israel, a Justice on the Supreme Court of Israel, and a Mossad agent. As the crisis unfolds, the three seek to discover the reason behind mysterious events that occurred on the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War. The truth, when finally revealed, changes Jerusalem, and the people who live there, forever.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Allan H. Goodman is a judge, a mediator, an arbitrator, an educator, and an author of fiction and nonfiction.
His novel, Father, Son, Stone, is a mystery that takes place in Israel and focuses on a historical enigma - why Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount to the Muslim authority immediately after the Six-Day War in 1967. The story begins in the future, then sweeps the reader into the past and back again, telling a tale of personal loss, religious and legal conflict, political ambition, and family secrets hidden for generations. The lives of the historical and fictional characters weave various story lines into a page-turning narrative that is timely, informative, and suspenseful. The book concludes with the author's afterword, historical chronology, discussion of the characters, and annotated bibliography that inform the reader about the historical and fictional framework of the novel.
Goodman is the author of two best-selling nonfiction books in the area of conflict resolution - Basic Skills for the New Mediator (2d edition) and Basic Skills for the New Arbitrator (2d edition). These books are used for self-training and as textbooks in conflict resolution programs, colleges, universities, and law schools. He is currently writing another book on mediation - Beyond Basic Skills for the New Mediator - scheduled for publication in March 2015.
Goodman was an attorney in private practice for seventeen years, and served as a private mediator and arbitrator. In 1993 he left the practice of law when he was appointed a federal administrative judge on the United States General Services Administrative Board of Contract Appeals, where he served as a trial judge and an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) neutral in disputes between contractors and the federal government. In 2007 he was appointed as a judge on the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals where he continues to serve as a trial judge and ADR neutral.
From 1982 to 1986 Goodman was a lecturer in Government Contracts Law at the TC Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia. From 1982 through 1986 he was an Adjunct Professor of Government Contract Law at the University of Virginia (Northern Virginia Extension. From 1987 to 2000 Goodman was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Construction Contract Law. He lectures frequently on alternative dispute resolution techniques, and currently serves as a guest lecturer in courses in Government Contracts and legal procedure at the George Washington University School of Law.
He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Toledo College of Law and a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
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