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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by [Anderson, Scott]
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''Lawrence of Arabia is said to have reinvented warfare, and Scott Anderson has now reinvented Lawrence. By placing him alongside the other adventurers and spies who roamed the Arabian war theater, Anderson brilliantly illuminates how the modern Middle East came to be. The research in this book is so daringly original, and the writing so spectacular, that it feels like I'm reading about the topic for the first time. A deep and utterly captivating reading experience.'' --Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author

''A startlingly rich and revealing portrait of one of history's most iconic figures. Equally satisfying is the cast of obscure German and American agents nearly as eccentric as Lawrence himself. They exercised such outsized influence on shaping the world as we know it that reading about them here is not only revelatory but practically surreal. Anderson is an exquisite writer and dogged researcher whose accounts of century-old brutalities are made utterly convincing by the knowledge that he has personally witnessed the sort of offhanded horror he's unearthed in archives. Lovers of big twentieth-century history will be in nirvana.'' --Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''An amazing accomplishment. Lawrence in Arabia captures the bravado, surreality, and grandeur of the Middle East in the birth throes of the twentieth century. Anderson employs the highest order of dramatic narrative to create an indelible portrait of a great and enduring figure of war and politics. Along for the show is a cast of characters drawn straight from Graham Greene. This is history of the most vivid and relevant order.'' --Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author

''Lawrence in Arabia is a work of serious research and powerful insight, but it is so rich in incredible stories and glittering details that it felt like a guilty pleasure while I was reading it. Completely absorbing, sweeping in scope, and riveting from the first word, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.'' --Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author

''Few characters in history can match T. E. Lawrence for adventure, intrigue, or sheer enigma. Scott Anderson, an indefatigable reporter well acquainted with the Arab world, has carefully reconstructed Lawrence's shadowy realm. Anderson shows how Lawrence, along with a surprisingly small cast of lesser-known rogues and operatives, laid the groundwork, wittingly or not, for the mess that is the modern Middle East. Here is an intimate history painted on a very large canvas, with one fantastically charismatic --and fabulously flawed -- man at the dusty center of the tale.'' --Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author

''A well-fleshed portrait of T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) brought in burnished relief against other scoundrels in the Arabian narrative . . . A lively, contrasting study of hubris and humility.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Readers seeking to understand why turmoil has been so omnipresent in the Middle East will benefit from Anderson s easy prose, which makes liberal use of primary sources and research, but reads like a political thriller. The central message seems as relevant today as it was a century ago: revolutions whose success is dependent on the patronage of external powers come at a high price -- a 'loss of autonomy' and an influx of foreign carpetbaggers who show little concern for the inhabitants of the newly 'free' land.'' --Publishers Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6027 KB
  • Print Length: 618 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771007663
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (6 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HK5DZG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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