Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

McClelland & Stewart | August 6, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, "a sideshow to a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by four men far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Pruefer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine. 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 Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1919 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.
     Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

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Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771007671

ISBN - 13: 9780771007675

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fascinating Book! Few of us know that the woes that trouble the Middle East geopolitics originate in the scramble for oil and land after WWI and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. This book focuses on the individuals who shaped history in the desert with TE Lawrence in the middle of it all. Not an easy read nor a book for a non-political persona but worthwhile and educational in the end.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Miss It ... Never a student of history ... 'til now.  Scott Anderson's writing style is compelling.  Not an easy read, but well worth the time (and Google Map printing to familiarize the reader with  pre-war WWI and post-war WWI territories).  Absolutely fascinating! 
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fascinating story Normally I do not like the "great man of history" approach to historical analysis or writing.  This is very much that sort of detail of 'who said (and did) what and to whom and when' sort of retelling of the story, but I found it absolutely spell-binding.  It  is a wonderful description of a at-the-edge-of the-picture set of events that is hard to put down.  The book exceeded my all expectations for it.
Date published: 2013-12-17

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771007671

ISBN - 13: 9780771007675

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The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, "a sideshow to a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by four men far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Pruefer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine. 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 Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1919 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.
     Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

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