A Line in the Sand
The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914–1948
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“A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National Interest
In the twentieth century, while fighting a common enemy in Europe, Britain and France were locked in a clandestine struggle for power in the Middle East. From the first agreement to divide the region between them to the birth of Israel, A Line in the Sand is a gripping narrative of the last gasp of imperialism, with tales of unscrupulous double-dealing, cynical manipulation, and all-too-frequent violence that continues to the present day.
- March 2013
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 480 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.
Endorsements & Reviews
“An outstanding, revealing, and disturbing glimpse behind the closed doors of power politics.” — Booklist
“Lively and entertaining. . . . [Barr] has thrown some light on hitherto unexplored corners.” — Financial Times
“Starred review. Barr’s extensive archival research, evocative historical vignettes, and a superb sense of narrative pacing produce a first-rate work.” — Publishers Weekly
“Combines the narrative pace of a spy novel with meticulous archival research.” — Eugene Rogan, author of The Arabs: A History
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