Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Paperback)

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    Georgina Howell has worked in magazine journalism since the age of seventeen. She has written forVanity Fair and American Vogue, and has worked at The Observer, BritishVogue, The Tatler, and The Sunday Times. She lives in London and Brittany.
    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 (ofPersian 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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    ISBN 9780374531355
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
    Format Paperback
    Pages 481
    Publisher Date 2008-04-29 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Sarah Crichton Books
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.0 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Howell, Georgina
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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