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Gertrude Bell

Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations

Howell, Georgina

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gertrude Bell
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She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born into privilege in 1868, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, and mountaineer. She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert--her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the British government during World War I. As an army major on the front lines in Mesopotamia, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374161620
0374161623
Branch Call Number: B-B443h 2007
Characteristics: xix, 481 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,24 cm

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