Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 624 pages, 9.18 × 6.1 × 1.23 in
Published: June 3, 2014
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 077100768X
ISBN - 13: 9780771007682
From the Publisher
Now available as a Signal paperback, a thrilling and
revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential
periods in 20th century history: the Arab Revolt in World War I,
and the secret game to control the Middle East.
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.
About the Author
SCOTT ANDERSON is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from
Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia,
El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A contributing
writer to the New York Times Magazine, his work has also
appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire,
Harper''s and Outside. He is the author of novels
Moonlight Hotel and Triage and of non-fiction
books The Man Who Tried to Save the World and The 4
O''Clock Murders, and co-author of War Zones and
Inside The League with his brother Jon Lee Anderson.
• "Its thorough research clothed in smoothly written prose,
Anderson''s history strikes a perfect balance between scope and
detail about a remarkable and mysterious character." --
Booklist, starred review
• "A well-fleshed portrait of T.E. Lawrence brought in
burnished relief against other scoundrels in the Arabian narrative.
. . . A lively, contrasting study of hubris and humility." --
• "Readers seeking to understand why turmoil has been so
omnipresent in the Middle East will benefit from Anderson''s easy
prose, which makes liberal use of primary sources and research, but
reads like a political thriller." -- Publishers
• "Renders painfully clear how deeply the political structure
of the Middle East has been born of eccentric fantasies." --