She was the most celebrated adventurer of her day, the brains behind Lawrence of Arabia, an adviser to kings and desert sheikhs, and the British government’s secret weapon in WWI in the campaign against the Turks. A brilliant academic, mountaineer, explorer, linguist, politician, and towering literary figure, Gertrude Bell is the most significant unsung heroine of the twentieth century.
Told as a biographical narrative of history, Alan Gold’s meticulously researched novel accurately opens history’s pages on a peerless woman who broke all molds on how Victorian women were supposed to behavesocially, intellectually, and physically. Guiding the events of the day in open, sanctioned diplomacy and adventure all across the Middle East, her influence on the men at the vanguard of history, and her unparalleled skill in sculpting the pathways and influences of the English, French, and Arab allies on the region, all lead to perhaps her greatest achievement: single-handedly creating today’s Iraq.
For the first time paperback, experience the harrowing story of this extraordinary woman who most determinedly fashioned the Arab world as we know it today.
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About the Author
Alan Gold is as an influential columnist for the Spectator , the Australian , and other highly regarded magazines and related media. He appears regularly in the media as a commentator on human rights and international politics. Several of his twenty-plus books have been optioned for movies. Alan lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw a review on the Historical Novel Society that this was an Editor's Choice! So i could not wait to read it. And I was not disappointed. The author has captured the feel of the times, the extraordinary ability of this woman - all woman in this novel - and the incredible influence she had on Lawrence of Arabia and the whole shape of the region that we know as Iraq today. Her legacy - the sheer power of the woman - is wonderfully described in page-turning form. Bravo!
Reads easily and tells a wonderful story about an amazing woman I had never heard of and now cannot understand why that would be so.
Realizing this is a historic novel, not a biography per se, the book nonetheless provided enough historic and political information to pique my interest so I will now research various aspects of it in more depth. Such a good book!
This is a really exciting book about a woman who was very influential in the Middle East prior to and after WW1. This book makes me want to learn more about the historical Bell and see how well the book captures who this amazing woman was.
Just awful- superficial, no insights to characters. Historically aspects so simplified as to be mind numbing. Writing very simplistic. And the author really, REALLY hates T E Lawrence and all those bad old men who treated Gertie poorly. (And this is from a women who has spent 30 years working in a male dominated industry!)