Setting the Desert on Fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

Setting the Desert on Fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

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by James Barr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393335275

ISBN-13: 9780393335279

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“Barr turns history into a drama, with bright writing and a fascinating cast of characters.” —Mary Foster, Associated Press
T. E. Lawrence’s classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom made the Arab revolt a legend and helped turn him into the mythical “Lawrence of Arabia.” Setting the Desert on Fire is both a masterly account of the

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“Barr turns history into a drama, with bright writing and a fascinating cast of characters.” —Mary Foster, Associated Press
T. E. Lawrence’s classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom made the Arab revolt a legend and helped turn him into the mythical “Lawrence of Arabia.” Setting the Desert on Fire is both a masterly account of the intrigue behind the revolt and its startling consequences for the present-day Middle East and a portrait of Lawrence that brings fresh insight to the true nature of the master mythmaker.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393335279
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
767,663
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Key Figures in This Book

Maps

A Note on the Text

Prologue 1

1 A Clear-Thinking Hatchet Man 9

2 Will This Do? 21

3 The Uprising Starts and Stutters 34

4 The Blame Game Begins 43

5 The French Arrive 55

6 This Was the Man 62

7 Crisis over Rabigh 74

8 Turning Point 86

9 Wajh 97

10 The First Railway Raids 107

11 Differences over Tactics 124

12 Fighting for Us on a Lie 135

13 Stalemate in the Hijaz 146

14 Triumph at Aqaba 153

15 The Impact of Aqaba 160

16 Impolitic Truths 168

17 Difficult Times 180

18 Gaza and Yarmuk: Victory and Failure 189

19 Dara or Azrak: Where Was Lawrence? (15-21 November 1917) 201

20 The Balfour Declaration and Its Aftermath 207

21 Fighting De Luxe 219

22 New Conditions 229

23 A Complete Muck-Up 241

24 Preparing for the Push 252

25 Holding Operations 262

26 The Dara Raid 273

27 The Road to Damascus 287

28 A House with No Door 298

Epilogue 314

Notes 324

Bibliography 355

Acknowledgments 363

Permissions 365

Photograph Credits 367

Index 369

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