Biblical archeology has for centuries been subject to the manipulations of adventurers, generals, and statesmen, all seeking to further their own aims. Now more than ever, digging into the Holy Land is a weapon as two rival nations seek to prove their claims to ownership. The most puzzling casualty in this tug-of-war is Albert Glock, a prominent American archeologist, who devoted his life to helping Palestinians find evidence of their historic roots and was shot dead in the West Bank. Edward Fox investigates Glock's unsolved murder and its background in the explosive cultural politics of archeology. Fox reveals the strange subdiscipline of biblical archeology and pursues the various suspects-Islamic zealots, Jewish extremists, and rival archeologists-only to find himself caught in an expanding labyrinth of deceit.
A lively history and a riveting mystery, Sacred Geography is also the tragic story of a man who dedicated himself to a cause that ultimately destroyed him.