Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia


Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia Author Janet Wallach
ISBN-10 1400096197
ISBN-13 9781400096190
Year 2005-07-12
Pages 425
Language English
Publisher Anchor Books
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This richly textured biography Chicago Tribune inspired the mesmerizing documentary Letters from Baghdad coming soon to theaters Here is the story of Gertrude Bell who explored mapped and excavated the Arab world throughout the early twentieth century Recruited by British intelligence during World War I she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders and her connections and information provided the brains to match T E Lawrence s brawn After the war she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was at the time considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire In this masterful biography Janet Wallach shows us the woman behind these achievementsa woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds with the confined and custom bound England she left behind Too long eclipsed by Lawrence Gertrude Bell emerges at last in her own right as a vital player on the stage of modern history and as a woman whose life was both a heartbreaking story and a grand adventure

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