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Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence…

Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War… (2006)

by James Barr

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This book has good potential, telling the tale of the Arab revolt against the Turks in WWI, but spends too much time describing, in much more than needed detail, the many day to day meetings between this tribal chief and that British officer, who traveled when to where, and which dispatch said this and that to some other diplomat back in France or England or wherever. As a strict history it does cover the subject, but it's a somewhat boring read unless you are really interested in the politics. Recommended with caution. ( )
  jztemple | Dec 22, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393060403, Hardcover)

Greed and intrigue combine explosively in this gripping tale of how the mercurial Lawrence of Arabia changed the Middle East forever.

It was T. E. Lawrence’s classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom that made the Arab Revolt a legend and helped turn the British intelligence officer into the mythical “Lawrence of Arabia.” But the intrigue behind the revolt and its startling consequences for the present-day Middle East have remained a mystery for nearly one hundred years. James Barr spent four years trawling declassified archives in Europe and crossing the hostile deserts of the Middle East to re-create the revolt as the international drama it really was. A colorful cast of Arab sheiks, British and French soldiers, spies, and diplomats come together in this gripping narrative of political maneuvering, guerrilla warfare, and imperial greed. Setting the Desert on Fire is a masterly account of a key moment in the history of the Middle East, and a portrait of Lawrence himself that is bright, nuanced, and full of fresh insights into the true nature of the master mythmaker.

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"In this groundbreaking book, James Barr tells the full story of the revolt made legendary by T. E. Lawrence in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Drawing on research on the ground in the Middle East, and in the key libraries and archives of Britain and France, he recasts the revolt as the international drama it really was." "A wide range of characters is presented, including the Prime Minister Lloyd George, whose desire to capture 'Jerusalem by Christmas' fuelled the flames, Sherif Husein and his malleable younger son Feisal, who became Lawrence's comrade in arms, the devious English diplomat Ronald Storrs, and Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Picot, joint architects of the Anglo-French agreement which dashed Arab hopes with consequences that are still being felt today."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by W.W. Norton.

Editions: 0393060403, 0393335275

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