Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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* This is a thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history - the Arab Revolt, and the secret game to control the Middle East.

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  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 177.8 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 952.54g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • India
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 038553292X
  • 9780385532921
  • 33,962

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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 of WAR and THE PERFECT STORM "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 20th-century history will be in nirvana." --Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE BLACK COUNT and THE ORIENTALIST "An amazing accomplishment. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA captures the bravado, surreality, grandeur of the Middle East in the birth throes of the 20th 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 of HORSE SOLDIERS and IN HARM'S WAY """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 whilei

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About Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A contributing writer to the "New York Times Magazine," his work has also appeared in "Vanity Fair, ""Esquire, Harper's" and "Outside." He is the author of novels "Moonlight Hotel" and "Triage "and of non-fiction books "The Man Who Tried to Save the World" and "The 4 O'Clock Murders, " and co-author of "War Zones" and "Inside The League "with his brother Jon Lee Anderson.

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