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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the… (2013 original; edició 2013)

de Scott Anderson (Autor)

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A narrative 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, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.… (més)
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Títol:Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (ALA Notable Books for Adults)
Autors:Scott Anderson (Autor)
Informació:Anchor (2013), 618 pages
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Etiquetes:Paperback, Library, History, Modern, 20th Century, World War I, Middle East, Biography

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Imagine you would not know about the first world war or about Lawrence at all. This book would be like this amazing war novel that just sounds a bit too surreal to be real.

Well, this book is based on the real story of Lawrence and what he did in the Middle East during the first world war. It is just beyond amazing what happened during this time and I realize that my own WW I knowledge is just very limited to the western front only.

I really highly recommend this book to anyone, to get a deeper view into the Middle East and what ground stones were laid back then that makes this area so messy right now. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
Wonderful review, interesting read and fascinating history of TE Lawrence

Mostly a review of TE.L time spent in the field it also covers a decent preview and postwar view. Well researched, lots of interesting stories and a great outline of actions taken, locations , outcomes and lasting effects. ( )
  ejakub | Oct 19, 2020 |
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and I'm tremendously glad I did. This book is a highly intriguing book about Middle East during the First World War, centering on T.E. Lawrence, but highlighting the exploits of other in the region as well. The subtitle of the book is very apropos, particular the Imperial Folly part. I found myself getting so frustrated at the ineptitude that was the Great War in general and how it was fought in the Middle East in particular, until I would remember that these event occurred nearly a hundred years ago. Anderson also does a superb job at leaving one thinking about what could have been and it's easy to think that had things played out differently, the Middle East could have been a land of peace and prosperity. However, Anderson also explains that these utopian dreams would not likely have occurred either. At the same time, it's hard to think the state of affairs in the Middle East would have turned out any worse than they ended up becoming. ( )
  zcoeman | Dec 5, 2019 |
it is 4 biographies in one, on the background of the WWI ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Why is the Middle East such a mess today? How accurate was the revered epic movie, Lawrence of Arabia? These are just a couple of the questions explored in Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia. His story offers some answers and is focused on the conflict between Allies and Ottoman Empire in the Middle East during World War One. In a sweeping account Anderson has hung a masterful narrative upon the lives of four men who were important players in the events that transpired. Of the four, the author’s focus is on the life of T.E. Lawrence from shortly before the outbreak of The Great War, whenever the Oxford-educated Lawrence was an archeologist working in the Middle East. Lawrence’s pre-war life is briefly examined, including the stunning revelation that his family’s real name was not “Lawrence,” and follows him through the war and until a motorcycle accident took his life in 1935. Of the other three men, William Yale may be the most interesting. Yale, a scion of the eponymous university’s founding family finds himself in the same desert as Lawrence. Shortly before the beginning of the war, Yale and Lawrence cross in the desert while Lawrence is acting as an archeologist and agent for British intelligence and Yale as an agent for an American oil company. Curt Prufer and Aaron Aaronson are the two other men whose lives are explored. Prufer, a German who begins his career as an academic specializing in Egyptian antiquities, eventually lands a job working with German intelligence in the Middle East. Aaronson is a Romanian Jew is an agronomic expert who operates an experimental agricultural station in Palestine who turns his efforts to establishing a Zionist spy network in Palestine in the hope of trading this intelligence to the Allies for their support in establishing a Jewish state in Palestine.
The two main themes of the Anderson’s story are the Allied manipulation of the Arab tribes to support their war against the Ottomans and simultaneous efforts by the British and French to support Zionists. A well-written account of the events of World War One that would shape conflict in the Middle East for the next century. ( )
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"Through his large cast, Anderson is able to explore the muddles of the early-20th-century Middle East from several distinct and enlightening perspectives."
 
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A narrative 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, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.

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