This biography of T.E. Lawrence and others reads like LeCarre on political intrigue in the Middle East, World War I era. The author incorporates other players of that time and place (but not the usual suspects): a Zionist agronomist and spymaster, a German spy, and an American “sort of spy and Standard Oil lackey”. Given the current interest in Syria, not to mention the ongoing Middle East drama, I found it fascinating to read about the political intrigue, not to say duplicity, arrogance, greed and stupidity, that led to today’s map. There are portraits of better-known major players, including the original Saud family ( a small bit but ominous, given the future). The coda is particularly sad, not just because of Lawrence’s post-war career and early death, but for the ‘might-have-beens’, politically speaking.
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