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Lawrence in Arabia Audiobook

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th-century history: the Arab Revolt and the secret game to control the Middle East.

The Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, "a sideshow of a sideshow". As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Prüfer was an academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine even as he built an elaborate anti-Ottoman spy ring. William Yale was a fallen scion of the American aristocracy who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order to gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rear guard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.

Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

©2013 Scott Anderson (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 09-13-13
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Historical Gem"

    If you are seeking a greater understanding of how and why the Middle East has become the "headlines" of today, you must listen to this book!

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    Joseph 04-08-17
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    "Must Read If You Are I retested in Syria today"

    This book is about Lawrence but also the genesis of western intervention in the Middle East as a result of the demise of the Ottoman Empire in WWI. Ironic that our world today has its genesis In poor decisions made in 1917. You can read it throughout the year and contemplate events 100 years to the day that lead to ISIL, the foibles and hubris of intervention. If every voter could read this, Guns of August and All Quiet on the Western Front, we would have a much better consensus in the United States that would be unable to put on.patriotic blinders and instead would be much more

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    bdnayman Raleigh 03-11-17
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    "Well written and superb narration!"

    A "behind the scenes", of sorts, for Seven Pillars and a very interesting and informative description of the various stages and situations that came to create what is the modern day Middle East.

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    John New Orleans, LA, United States 02-15-17
    John New Orleans, LA, United States 02-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I felt completely lost"
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    I started this on a long drive and listened several hours, but they felt wasted--I just couldn't follow. He jumped around too much, there were too many names. I guess one needs to already be familiar with the overall story first. Or if I was reading it, I could flip back and remind myself who someone is. But yeah, not being able to do this, I was lost most of the time

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    Bill Bone 02-09-17
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    "Fresh insight with excellent analysis"

    20th-century history of the Middle East is particularly confusing. Scott Anderson presents the subject in a way that is easy to understand but also accurate. I highly recommend this book.

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    very detailed. skipped to different characters that had influence on each other but was difficult to follow

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    Harry M. Grossman 01-12-17
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    "ME background"

    Great background on how we got into the Middle Easrern mess, with a large dose of military adventure in WW I.

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    Flyman 12-29-16
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    "Understanding the Background of the Middle East"

    Required reading if you want to have any clue to understanding the Middle East conflicts today.

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    CaptAndy 12-09-16
    CaptAndy 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Comprehensive!"

    This is an epic and engrossing tale. There are so many characters and events and names it can be hard to follow at times but the final power of the tale comes from the depth of the research and the full accounting of events. I found the opening half less accessible than the high drama of the war, but upon completion appreciated how far the story had traveled to get us to the end.

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    Amazon Customer BEREA, OHIO, United States 12-05-16
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    "Fascinating subject and wonderful performance."

    I have listened to this book twice and enjoyed it very much. I find it flows very well, keeps my interest with it's look at T. E. Lawrence's life and finally I am just fascinated by this incredible man.

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