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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: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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This full story of the desert revolt made famous by Lawrence of Arabia covers a wide range of characters, including Ronald Storrs, Sharif Husein, his malleable younger son Feisal, Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Picot and Lawrence himself. Their ambitions, rivalries and underhand actions are the subject of this book.
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Named Person: T E Lawrence; T E Lawrence
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: James Barr
OCLC Number: 225867703
Notes: Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2008. 1st American ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Prologue --
Clear-thinking hatchet man --
Will this do? --
Uprising starts and stutters --
Blame game begins --
French arrive --
This was the man --
Crisis over Rabigh --
Turning point --
Wajh --
First railway raids --
Differences over tactics --
Fighting for us on a lie --
Stalemate in the Hijaz --
Triumph at Aqaba --
Impact of Aqaba --
Impolitic truths --
Difficult times --
Gaza and Yarmuk, victory and failure --
Dara or Azrak, where was Lawrence? (15-21 November 1917) --
Balfour declaration and its aftermath --
Fighting de luxe --
New conditions --
Complete muck-up --
Preparing for the push --
Holding operations --
Dara raid --
Road to Damascus --
House with no door --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: James Barr.

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This full story of the desert revolt made famous by Lawrence of Arabia covers a wide range of characters, including Ronald Storrs, Sharif Husein, his malleable younger son Feisal, Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Picot and Lawrence himself. Their ambitions, rivalries and underhand actions are the subject of this book.

[This volume] combine[s] tale of how the mercurial Lawrence of Arabia changed the Middle East forever. It was T. E. Lawrence's classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom that made the Arab Revolt a legend and helped turn the British intelligence officer into the mythical "Lawrence of Arabia." But the intrigue behind the revolt and its startling consequences for the present-day Middle East have remained a mystery for nearly one hundred years. [In the volume, the author] spent four years trawling declassified archives in Europe and crossing the hostile deserts of the Middle East to re-create the revolt as the international drama it really was. [It offers the] cast of Arab sheiks, British and French soldiers, spies, and diplomats come together in this gripping narrative of political maneuvering, guerrilla warfare, and imperial greed. [This volume is an] account of a key moment in the history of the Middle East, and a portrait of Lawrence himself that is bright, nuanced, and full of fresh insights into the true nature of the master mythmaker.-http://www.booksinprint.com.

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