The intertwined paths of these four men — the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed — mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert. Aaronsohn constructed an elaborate Jewish spy-ring in Palestine, only to have the anti-Semitic and bureaucratically-inept British first ignore and then misuse his organization, at tragic personal cost.
Yale would become the only American intelligence agent in the entire Middle East — while still secretly on the payroll of Standard Oil. 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. Fine, sophisticated, richly detailed. Beyond having a keen ear for memorable wording, Mr. Anderson has a gift for piecing together the conflicting interests of warring parties.
A dazzling accomplishment that combines superb historical research with a compelling narrative.
Anderson brilliantly evokes the upheavals and head-spinningly complex politics of an era. But it is one that Anderson handles with panache. His story is character-driven, exhilaratingly so. Shows how individuals both shape history and are, at the same time, helpless before the dictates of great power politics. Anderson has produced a compelling account of Western hubris, derring-do, intrigue and outright fraud that hastened—and complicated—the troubled birth of the modern Middle East.
Anderson does a fine job of piecing together the many conflicting Middle East interests.
An original, illuminating history that requires and rewards close attention. Through his large cast, Anderson is able to explore the muddles of the early 20th-century Middle East from several distinct and enlightening perspectives. Anderson brilliantly illuminates how the modern Middle East came to be. A deep and utterly captivating reading experience. Lovers of big 20th-century history will be in nirvana.
Lawrence in Arabia captures the bravado, surreality, grandeur of the Middle East in the birth throes of the 20th century.
This is history of the most vivid and relevant order. Completely absorbing, sweeping in scope and riveting from the first word, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear? Thanks for signing up! We've emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities.
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