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Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Anderson, Scott (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lawrence in Arabia
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A narrative 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, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.
Authors: Anderson, Scott, 1959-
Title: Lawrence in Arabia
war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xii, 577 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Maps on lining papers
Contents: Playboys in the holy land
A very unusual type
Another and another nice thing
To the last million
A despicable mess
The keepers of secrets
Treachery
The battle joined
The man who would be kingmaker
Neatly in the void
A mist of deceits
An audacious scheme
Aqaba
Hubris
To the flame
A gathering fury
Solitary pursuits
Damascus
Epilogue : Paris
Summary: A narrative 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, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.
Awards & Distinctions: Amazon Best Books 2013
Booklist Editor's Choice 2013
ISBN: 0307476413
038553292X
9780385532921
Branch Call Number: 940.4 ANDERSON
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Anderson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Middle East History 1914-1923 Soldiers Great Britain Biography World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns Turkey World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns Middle East Great Britain. Army Biography Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935
Topical Term: Soldiers
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
LCCN: 2012049719
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Nov 08, 2014
  • louarnold rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is fine for the amateur historian who loves excruciating detail. I got lost in it and put it down about half way through. If you want a summary, see the movie. From the table of contents, I don't see a useful statement about why Arabia is or behaves the way it does, although that information might be gleaned from the book overall. But the book is unlikely to shed light on how the Arabs should be engaged in the modern world.

A must read for any student of Middle Eastern history. The story of T.E. Lawrence is a fascinating look at a pivotal place and time in history in which events were set in motion that continue to have impact today. Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for 2014.

Jan 06, 2014
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very well written book. Many of us know WWI history from the European western front standpoint, but don't have a grasp of what transpired in the Middle East during WWI. I found it well written and thoroughly researched. I was intrigued with how he described how the Western mentality of handling the Middle East carries through to today, numerous wars later.

"British Army officer T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) was the dazzling focus of the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O'Toole. In Lawrence in Arabia biographer Scott Anderson provides a more sober, though still engaging, portrait of the young man who supported the Arab revolt against Ottoman rule and helped to align the rebels with the British and their allies during World War I." Biography and Memoir October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688879

Sep 29, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dense with information (a slow, but great read), well researched, and well written. It is not just fascinating story of Lawrence, but also the story of the WWI folly, the role of allies in the Middle East; and, ultimately, tragic redrawing of the Middle East map.

Sep 08, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Naaaah. . Michael Korda's "Hero" is still the best book ever on Lawrence!

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Jun 24, 2014
  • superglu2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Attack on Aqaba

This book makes the movie much more enjoyable as it provides some context

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