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

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The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, 'a sideshow of a sideshow'. Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theatre. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.

At the centre of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people. Operating in the Middle East at the same time, but to wildly different ends, were three other important players: a German attaché, an American oilman and a committed Zionist. The intertwined paths of these four young 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.

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Fascinating... [Anderson] displays a masterly understanding of the politics of the region, and a fine judgement on Lawrence himself... The author's description of Lawrence's guerrilla campaign is also first-rate... A highly intelligent contribution to the Lawrence literature' Author: Max Hastings Source: Sunday Times

Tremendous... [Anderson] has written a masterpiece of detachment about a subject that defies easy acceptance, and made of it a work of tantalising fascination. Author: Jan Morris Source: Daily Telegraph

If you thought you knew all you needed to know about "Lawrence of Arabia", if only thanks to David Lean's epic film, think again. Scott Anderson's magisterial book retells the story in a way that challenges almost all aspects of the Lawrence myth. Author: Amir Taheri Source: The Times

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. Author: Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm

Lawrence in Arabia is a fascinating book, the best work of military history in recent memory and an illuminating analysis of issues that still loom large today Source: New York Times

Cuts through legend and speculation to offer perhaps the clearest account of Lawrence's often puzzling actions and personality... 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. Source: Washington Post

Through his large cast, Anderson is able to explore the muddles of the early-20th-century Middle East from several different and enlightening perspectives. Furthermore, while he maintains an invigorating pace, his fabulous details are given room to illuminate... Engrossing, thoughtful and intricate Author: Alex von Tunzelmann Source: New York Times Book Review

Stirring, scholarly and remarkably sensitive - both to Lawrence's personal complexities and the geopolitical context Author: James McConnachie Source: Spectator

Thrilling... It's a huge assignment, explaining the modern roots of the region as it emerged from the wreckage of war. But it is one that Anderson handles with panache... Anderson brilliantly evokes the upheavals and head-spinningly complex politics of an era Source: Boston Globe

Thrillingly, Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia does [real justice to the bureaucratic fumblings, the myriad spies, heroes and villains, the dense fugue of humanity at its best and worst operating in the Mideast war theater of 1914-17...] weaving enormous detail into its 500-plus pages with a propulsive narrative thread. Source: USA Today

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Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other war-torn countries. He is the author of two novels, Moonlight Hotel and Triage, two 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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