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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations

Format:  Paperback,

481 pages

Edition: First

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9780374531355

ISBN-10: 0374531358

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A marvelous tale of an adventurous life of great historical import 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 in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of "Persian Pictures," "The Desert and the Sown," and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes).
She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert, where she traveled with only her guns and her servants. Her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the Cairo Intelligence Office of the British government during World War I. She advised the Viceroy of India; then, as an army major, she traveled to the front lines in Mesopotamia. There, 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. "Gertrude Bell," vividly told and impeccably researched by Georgina Howell, is a richly compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and times, and in so doing, created a remarkable and enduring legacy.

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Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9780374531355
ISBN-10: 0374531358
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 481
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Gertrude and Florencep. 3
Educationp. 28
The Civilized Womanp. 42
Becoming a Personp. 60
Mountaineeringp. 74
Desert Travelp. 94
Dick Doughty-Wyliep. 127
Limit of Endurancep. 162
Escapep. 194
War Workp. 217
Cairo, Delhi, Basrap. 238
Government Through Gertrudep. 274
Angerp. 302
Faisalp. 335
Coronationp. 365
Staying and Leavingp. 383
Chronologyp. 421
Note on Money Valuesp. 433
Notesp. 435
Bibliographyp. 453
Acknowledgementsp. 461
Indexp. 465

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Library Association Notable Books, 2008 (United States)

Book description

A marvelous tale of an adventurous life of great historical import
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 in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of Persian Pictures, The Desert and the Sown, and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes).

She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert, where she traveled with only her guns and her servants. Her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the Cairo Intelligence Office of the British government during World War I. She advised the Viceroy of India; then, as an army major, she traveled to the front lines in Mesopotamia. There, 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. Gertrude Bell, vividly told and impeccably researched by Georgina Howell, is a richly compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and times, and in so doing, created a remarkable and enduring legacy.

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