528 pages, 9.25 × 6.11 × 1.45 in
September 22, 2009
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393337707
ISBN - 13: 9780393337709
From the Publisher
is the gripping story of how the modern Middle East came to be, as told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel’s godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq). All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. The aim of this engrossing character-driven narrative is to restore to life the colorful figures who gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today.
About the Author
Karl E. Meyer has written extensively on foreign affairs as a staff member of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
“The story resonates with excitement . . . a first-class, always engrossing account of events. . . . A most necessary and rewarding book, and a primer on what not to do in the Middle East.” — ForeWord
“Beautifully written and researched.” — Washington Post