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Lawrence In Arabia - Scott Anderson



Publisher: Atlantic Books

Lawrence In Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller

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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.

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Number of Pages 592


and fabulously flawed - man at the dusty center of the tale.' - Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers 'A startlingly rich and revealing portrait of one of history's most iconic figures... Lovers of big 20th-century history will be in nirvana. - Tom Reiss, bestselling author of The Orientalist and The Black Count' 'Intelligent and original' - Guardian 'Scott Anderson has produced one of the most impressive Lawrence biographies ever written. However, his magnificent and panoramic book is much more than that. It shows how the world's great imperial powers carved up the Middle East during this crucial period, shattering Lawrence's dream and laying the foundations for terrible conflict that still continues today.' - Sunday Business Post