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

ISBN-10: 0393335275

ISBN-13: 9780393335279

Edition: 2009

Authors: James Barr

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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.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

James Barr has worked for the Daily Telegraph, in politics, and in the City, and has travelled widely in the Middle East. He is the author of Setting the Desert on Fire, a history of T.E. Lawrence and the secret war in Arabia. During the research for A Line in the Sand he was a visiting fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford.

Key Figures in This Book
A Note on the Text
A Clear-Thinking Hatchet Man
Will This Do?
The Uprising Starts and Stutters
The Blame Game Begins
The French Arrive
This Was the Man
Crisis over Rabigh
Turning Point
The First Railway Raids
Differences over Tactics
Fighting for Us on a Lie
Stalemate in the Hijaz
Triumph at Aqaba
The Impact of Aqaba
Impolitic Truths
Difficult Times
Gaza and Yarmuk: Victory and Failure
Dara or Azrak: Where Was Lawrence? (15-21 November 1917)
The Balfour Declaration and Its Aftermath
Fighting De Luxe
New Conditions
A Complete Muck-Up
Preparing for the Push
Holding Operations
The Dara Raid
The Road to Damascus
A House with No Door
Photograph Credits
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