Setting the Desert on Fire
T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918
“Barr turns history into a drama, with bright writing and a fascinating cast of characters.” —Mary Foster, Associated Press
T. E. Lawrence’s classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom made the Arab revolt a legend and helped turn him into the mythical “Lawrence of Arabia.” Setting the Desert on Fire is both a masterly account of the intrigue behind the revolt and its startling consequences for the present-day Middle East and a portrait of Lawrence that brings fresh insight to the true nature of the master mythmaker.
- July 2009
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 400 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.
Endorsements & Reviews
“[James] Barr has written a compact, scrupulously accurate chronicle of the revolt and Lawrence’s role in it, utilizing previously unavailable archival material. . . . An excellent general history of a widely misunderstood struggle that largely defined the shape of the modern Middle East.” — Booklist
“A tightly-focused, fast-paced account. . . . Mr. Barr’s achievement is to tell Lawrence’s story more clearly and objectively, helping to make sense of a complex war fought in an unfamiliar land and language.” — Adam Kirsch, New York Sun
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