Get it by Wednesday, February 21
, Order now and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.
Same Day delivery in Manhattan. Details
A brilliant narrative history tracing today's troubles back to grandiose imperial overreach of Great Britain and the United States.Kingmakers is the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel's godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq); some controversial (the CIA's Miles Copeland and the Pentagon's Paul Wolfowitz). All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. As a bonus, we meet the British Empire's power couple, Lord and Lady Lugard (Flora Shaw): she named Nigeria, he ruled it; she used the power of the Times of London to attempt a regime change in the gold-rich Transvaal. The narrative is character-driven, and the aim is to restore to life the colorful figures who for good or ill gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.28(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.39(d)|
About the Author
Shareen Blair Brysac, formerly a prize-winning documentary producer at CBS News, is the author of Resisting Hitler and co-author of Tournament of Shadows and Kingmakers with Karl E. Meyer. The couple lives in New York and Weston, Connecticut.
Karl E. Meyer has written extensively on foreign affairs as a staff member of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Table of Contents
Map of the Middle East 10
Authors' Note 13
Prologue The Ever-Growing Egg 17
1 The Proconsul Lord Cromer 29
2 The Empire's Power Couple Dame Flora Shaw Lord Frederick Lugard 59
3 "Dr. Weizmann, It's a Boy!" Sir Mark Sykes 94
4 The Acolyte A. T. Wilson 127
5 "Dreadfully Occupied in Making Kings Governments" Gertrude Bell 157
6 The Frenzy of Renown T. E.Lawrence 193
7 The Apostate H. S. J. B. Philby 226
8 "A Splendid Little Army" Glubb Pasha 259
9 A Very British Coup General Ironside and the Three Percys Sirs Cox Sykes Loraine 293
10 The Quiet American Kermit Roosevelt 322
11 The Apprentice Sorcerer Miles Copeland 348
12 The Man Who Knew Too Much Paul Wolfowitz 381
Epilogue Echoes in a Long Corridor 411
Selective Chronology 425
Illustration Credits 435