Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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A thrilling andrevelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods intwentieth century history--the Arab Revolt and the secret game to control theMiddle EastThe Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in thewords of T. E. Lawrence, a sideshow of a sideshow. As a result, theconflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurersand low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Prüferwas an academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo whose clandestine rolewas to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renownedagronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governorof Palestine even as he built an elaborate anti-Ottoman spy ring. William Yalewas a fallen scion of the American aristocracy who traveled the OttomanEmpire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order to gainvaluable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding intolegend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against hisown government and its imperial ambitions.Based on four years of intensive primary documentresearch, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East wasformed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in itscondemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is abook that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past createsthe anguish of the present.

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A chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2013
ISBN: 9781482939941
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)

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Apr 15, 2017

The whole book is about Lawrence and a handful of others, and their political plotting, with some military events thrown in, before, during, and after WW1. Its rather boring; its twice as long as it ought to have been; its excessively detailed. I would rather have heard the epilogue quintupled in size and the middle half shrunk. It was well and consistently read.


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