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Setting the desert on fire : T.E. Lawrence and Britain's secret war in Arabia, 1916-1918

Author: James Barr
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Series: Norton paperback.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Norton pbkView all editions and formats
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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 myth maker.
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Named Person: T E Lawrence; T E Lawrence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Barr
ISBN: 9780393060409 0393060403 9780393335279 0393335275
OCLC Number: 1011996707
Notes: "First American edition 2008"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 382 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Key figures in this book --
Maps --
A note on the text --
Prologue --
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 --
Wajh --
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 --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Norton paperback.
Responsibility: James Barr.

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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 myth maker.

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