Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

History , Middle Eastern History
Paperback Published on: 06/11/2014
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Synopsis

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, 'a sideshow of a sideshow'. Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theatre. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. At the centre of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people. Operating in the Middle East at the same time, but to wildly different ends, were three other important players: a German attache, an American oilman and a committed Zionist. The intertwined paths of these four young men - the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed - mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9781782392026
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Weight: 606g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

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Lawrence in Arabia
The Lessons of History
Scott Anderson concentrates on the short period Lawrence was in Arabia, first as archaeologist-cum-spy, then intelligence agent-cum-rebel leader, and weave... READ MORE
Richard Watson
Lawrence in Arabia
An excellent book
An excellent book, read after having finished Gilles Munier’s “The Black Gold Spies”, a fascinating read which left me eager to learn more about Lawrence.
Samuel Levy
Lawrence in Arabia
Fascinating history that shaped the Middle East of today
What a brilliant read. A compelling page turner that explains a lot of today’s difficulties in The Middle East. We have no idea how fortunate we are ... READ MORE
Grev Lushington
Lawrence in Arabia
Fabulous Read
Anyone who has even the vaguest interest in Middle Eastern history will love this book. As pacey as a decent novel, I found it hard to put down.
Grev Lushington