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The Woman Who Made Iraq

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

Reviewed by Christopher Hitchens
The Atlantic Monthly

"On the cover of this book is an arresting photograph taken in front of the Sphinx in March 1921, on the last day of the Cairo conference on the Middle East. It shows Gertrude Bell astride a camel, flanked by Winston Churchill and T. E. Lawrence. She wears a look of some assurance and satisfaction, perhaps because — apart from having spent far more time on camelback than either man — she has just assisted at the birth of a new country, which is to be called Iraq...." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.




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