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Lawrence in Arabia: War, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East

Author(s): Scott Anderson; James Nightingale (Editor)

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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller 2014
New York Times top ten bestseller 2014's Top Ten History Books of the Year 2014
New York Times Book of the Year 2014

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 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.


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  • : 9781782392026
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : November 2014
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  • : December 2014
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  • : Scott Anderson; James Nightingale (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1014
  • : English
  • : 940.4/1241092 B
  • : 574