A Line in the Sand

The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914–1948

James Barr (Author)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34425-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 480 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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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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