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Turning away from the privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell (18681926) explored, mapped, and excavated the world of the Arabs. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brains to match T. E. Lawrence's brawn. After the war, she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was, at the time, considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

 

In this masterful biography, Janet Wallach shows us the woman behind these achievements–a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds wit the confined and custom-bound England she left behind. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence, Gertrude Bell emerges at last in her own right as a vital player on the stage of modern history, and as a woman whose life was both a heartbreaking story and a grand adventure.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [393]-401) and index.

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A frequent contributor to such publications as The Washington Post Magazine, Janet Wallach is the author of Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Chanel: Her Style and Her Life, and three books on the Middle East (co-authored with her husband). She divides her time between New York City and Connecticut.

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walkaways, January 7, 2011 (view all comments by walkaways)
Finally finished and the best was last; a good biography and better foundation read for understanding early 20th century Middle East history. Gertrude Bell really was a genius, if anyone is. Feel badly that I grew up never having heard of her when her adventures and achievements make those of Amelia Earhardt look like flash-in-the-pan publicity stunts. This book also reveals just how arrogant and often silly ignorant the US efforts in this complex part of the world are--makes me blush.
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ISBN:
9780385495752
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
Author:
Wallach, Janet
Publisher:
Anchor
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Bell, gertrude lowthian, 1868-1926
Subject:
Colonial administrators
Subject:
Colonial administrators -- Middle East -- Biography.
Subject:
Women Orientalists
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050712
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP BLACK and WHITE/3 MAPS
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .93 in .9288 lb

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