I just started reading this book, edited by Tim Rieniets, who I had the pleasure of meeting while in Rotterdam for the Biennale. I picked up his book once I got back to Baltimore (I learned that the euros burn a hole through your pocket, and it is just easier to get books in the states). I am not too far into it, but it gives an in-depth history of Jerusalem before the British mandates when it was still under rule by the Ottoman Empire, and how it has morphed into what it is today. Jerusalem is a quickly adapting city given the circumstances it is under, and urban development and changes can literally happen overnight. This book gives insight into the always changing urban landscape, the extreme segregation within the city, the economy, and much more.
definitely an interesting read.