Having gone to Israel in May for 2 weeks and read the book O Jerusalem upon my return, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could appreciate it more than most.The contrast between the two books was interesting; they actually complemented each other quite well.The former was a dispassionate account of the events and gave the wider picture of events, whereas this book was personal and limited to a small area of the war for Jerusalem after Israel's independence in 1948.It was elucidating to read the reactions of people to some of the major events of that time period.I had read about the events, but this gave me a more complete understanding as I focused on the emotions of the people caught up in the battle for Jerusalem.This book also had a spiritual dimension that was lacking, understandably, in O Jerusalem.I would recommend reading both of these two books in order to more fully comprehend this time in contemporary Israel's history.