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The Resource Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East, Scott Anderson

Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East, Scott Anderson

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Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East
Title
Lawrence in Arabia
Title remainder
war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East
Statement of responsibility
Scott Anderson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 theater. 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. Curt Prufer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment Islamic jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Syria. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was the most romantic figure of World War One, battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people. The intertwined paths of these four 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. Prufer became Germany's grand spymaster in the Middle East. Aaronsohn constructed an elaborate Jewish spy-ring in Palestine, only to have the anti-Semitic and bureaucratically-inept British first ignore and then misuse his organization, at tragic personal cost. Yale would become the only American intelligence agent in the entire Middle East - while still secretly on the payroll of Standard Oil. And the enigmatic Lawrence rode into legend at the head of an Arab army, even as he waged secret war against his own nation's imperial ambitions."--Dust jacket flap
Summary
A 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
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2014
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10175487
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 940.41241092
  • 920
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East
Label
Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East, Scott Anderson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
  • 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
  • Playboys in the holy land
  • Epilogue : Paris
  • A very unusual type
  • Another and another nice thing
  • To the last million
  • A despicable mess
  • The keepers of secrets
  • Treachery
  • The battle joined
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 577 p.
Isbn
9780307476418
Lccn
2012049719
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn823387420
Label
Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East, Scott Anderson
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
  • 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
  • Playboys in the holy land
  • Epilogue : Paris
  • A very unusual type
  • Another and another nice thing
  • To the last million
  • A despicable mess
  • The keepers of secrets
  • Treachery
  • The battle joined
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 577 p.
Isbn
9780307476418
Lccn
2012049719
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn823387420

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