Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

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W. W. Norton & Company, 17 de fev de 2008 - 400 páginas

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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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 ... Ler resenha completa

Setting the desert on fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's secret war in Arabia, 1916-1918

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The Arabs: fiercely nationalistic and politically fragmented. The imperialists: militarily stretched and engaged in contradictory diplomacy. Oil: complicating the political interests. While this could ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Prologue
1
A ClearThinking Hatchet Man
9
Will This Do?
21
The Uprising Starts and Stutters
34
The Blame Game Begins
43
The French Arrive
55
This Was the Man
62
Crisis over Rabigh
74
Victory and Failure
189
Where Was Lawrence?
201
The Balfour Declaration and Its Aftermath
207
Fighting De Luxe
219
New Conditions
229
A Complete MuckUp
241
Preparing for the Push
252
Holding Operations
262

Turning Point
86
Wajh
97
The First Railway Raids
107
Differences over Tactics
124
Fighting for Us on a Lie
135
Stalemate in the Hijaz
146
Triumph at Aqaba
153
The Impact of Aqaba
160
Impolitic Truths
168
Difficult Times
180
The Dara Raid
273
The Road to Damascus
287
A House with No Door
298
Epilogue
314
Notes
324
Bibliography
355
Acknowledgments
363
Index
369
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James Barr is the author of Setting the Desert on Fire. During the research for A Line in the Sand he was a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He lives in London.

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