LAWRENCE IN ARABIA: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly

LAWRENCE IN ARABIA: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly

SCOTT ANDERSON    Book Number: 87814    Product format: Paperback

The 2014 bestseller we have discovered on our travels in US heavyweight softback edition, this is the book that definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was in the words of T. E. Lawrence 'A side show of a side show'. 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 himself. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist, excavating ruins in Syria. By 1917, he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army as he fought a rear-guard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions 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 attaché, 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. Here is the best work of military history in recent memory and an illuminating analysis of Western hubris, daring-do and intrigue. Scholarly and stirring, the book is sensitive both to Lawrence's personal complexities and the geopolitical context. 578pp, softback, b/w illus and maps including King Hussein's conception of the future Middle East and the British and French division of the future Middle East compared and a map on the March on Aqaba.
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ISBN 9780307476418
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