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Desert queen : the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, adventurer, adviser to kings, ally of Lawrence of Arabia

Author: Janet Wallach
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Reared in the comfortable and privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell turned her back on convention and sought adventure in Arab lands. Traveling numerous times through the Syrian Desert and, at risk to her life, through the great Arabian desert of the Nejd - the last European to do so before the eruption of World War I - she wrote of her travels in widely acclaimed books. The trust she earned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wallach, Janet, 1942-
Desert queen.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1996
(OCoLC)604996216
Online version:
Wallach, Janet, 1942-
Desert queen.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1996
(OCoLC)609061322
Named Person: Gertrude Lowthian Bell; Gertrude Lowthian Bell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Wallach
ISBN: 0385474083 9780385474085
OCLC Number: 33334232
Description: xxv, 419 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. A Victorian. --
Of great and honored stock --
A man's world --
An ill-fated marriage --
Flight --
First steps in the desert --
A different challenge --
The desert and the sown --
Women's rights --
Lawrence --
Dick --
Toward Hayil --
Prisoner in Arabia --
Rumblings of war --
A tragic end --
Escape to the East --
A remarkably clever woman --
Part II. The Khatun. --
A messy situation --
An independent woman --
Baghdad --
Disarray --
Paris and the Arab question --
The Arab mood --
A change of thinking --
Desert storms --
A taste of England --
The clash --
An unpleasant victory --
Cox returns --
The Cairo Conference --
Resistance --
Faisal --
The king --
Ken --
Farewell to Cox --
Troubles --
To sleep --
Epilogue --
The Hashemite Family of Sharif Hussein of Mecca.
Responsibility: Janet Wallach.
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Reared in the comfortable and privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell turned her back on convention and sought adventure in Arab lands. Traveling numerous times through the Syrian Desert and, at risk to her life, through the great Arabian desert of the Nejd - the last European to do so before the eruption of World War I - she wrote of her travels in widely acclaimed books. The trust she earned among the Arab sheikhs and chieftains made her indispensable when war broke out; recruited by British intelligence, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brain for T.E. Lawrence's military brawn. To cap off this amazing career, she participated in the postwar peace conferences as a major architect of the modern Middle East, helping to found the state of Iraq and installing its dashing monarch, to whom she was an intimate adviser. In her lifetime, she was known as the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

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