Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lawrence In Arabia by Scott Anderson

   This book is a 505 page account of the activities of four men during the time period of World War I in the Middle East.  T. E. Lawrence of England, Curt Prufer of Germany, Aaron Aaronsohn of the Ottoman Empire, and William Yale of the United States.  All of these men played a part in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire, that led to the eventual founding of the modern countries of the Middle East.
   As can be expected, this could be a slow read, but highly rewarding for anyone who is interested in the history of the Middle East, and the basis for some of the rivalries and political issues that still disrupt the lives of the people in this volatile area.  Also detailed in this account are some of the political decisions that led to the modern political issues.
   I can recommend this book without any reservation, the author relies on primary sources, and is also non-judgemental in describing the actions of the people involved in this account.  Taken altogether, this book is an open account of a very tumultuous time period, and is informative as well as entertaining.  If you have the time and interest, this is a wonderful book.

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