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ISBN13: 9780141442075
ISBN10: 0141442077
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A portrait in her own words of the female Lawrence of Arabia, the subject of the upcoming major motion picture Queen of the Desert, directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson

Gertrude Bell was leaning in 100 years before Sheryl Sandberg. One of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century, she turned her back on Victorian society to study at Oxford and travel the world, and became the chief architect of British policy in the Middle East after World War I. Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist, and spy, she dedicated her life to championing the Arab cause and was instrumental in drawing the borders that define todays Middle East.

 

As she wrote in one of her letters, “Its a bore being a woman when you are in Arabia.” Forthright and spirited, opinionated and playful, and deeply instructive about the Arab world, this volume brings together Bells letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and travel writings to offer an intimate look at a woman who shaped nations.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger's record of his extraordinary journey through the parched "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East.

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In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Thesiger set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East.

About the Author

Jon Lee Anderson is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of the national bestseller The Fall of Baghdad. He lives in Dorset, England.

Rory Stewart is the bestselling author of The Prince of the Marshes and The Places in Between. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services in Iraq.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141442075
Author:
Thesiger, Wilfred
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
STEWART, RORY
Introduction:
STEWART, RORY
Author:
Bell, Gertrude
Author:
Howell, Georgina
Author:
STEWART, RORY
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Arabian peninsula
Subject:
Thesiger, Wilfred
Subject:
Arabian Peninsula Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel-Middle East
Subject:
Women
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages b/w photos
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141442075 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger's record of his extraordinary journey through the parched "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East.

"Synopsis" by , In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Thesiger set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East.
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