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Janet Wallach is the author of Seraglio and Chanel: Her Style and Her Life, and coauthor, with her husband John Wallach, of three previous books on the Middle East: The New Palestinians; Arafat: In the Eyes of the Beholder; and Still Small Voices: The Real Heroes of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She lives in New York City and Connecticut. Chanel: Her Style and Her Life. Arafat: In the Eye of the Beholder. The New Palestinians. Still Small Voices: The Real Heroes of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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In this masterful biography, Janet Wallach shows us the woman behind these achievements–a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds wit the confined and custom-bound England she left behind. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence, Gertrude Bell emerges at last in her own right as a vital player on the stage of modern history, and as a woman whose life was both a heartbreaking story and a grand adventure.

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This richly textured biography (Chicago Tribune) inspired the mesmerizing documentary, Letters from Baghdad, soon to air on public television. Here is the story of Gertrude Bell, who explored, mapped, and excavated the Arab world throughout the early twentieth century. In this masterful biography, Janet Wallach shows us the woman behind these achievements–a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds with the confined and custom-bound England she left behind.

Janet Wallach France. She found her office dreary and choked with papers, and try as she might to cover over the drabness with wallcloth and chintz, or brighten it with jars of fresh lilac and narcissus, the job itself was too gloomy to allow much room for cheer. Each day was a painful struggle to trace soldiers who were wounded or lost in battle. From nine in the morning to nine at night, and.

She is a contributor to the Washington Post and other publications, and is the co-author of several books.

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser. Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser. She is a contributor to the Washington Post and other publications, and is the co-author of several books.

The story of Lawrence of Arabia pales before Gertrude of Arabia. A marvelous story of an adventurous woman abandoning Victorian England and journeying deep into the Arab heart of the Middle East, at a time when women did not go unchaperoned, to report on "every grain of snad". Filled with intrigue, history and drama in a part of the world that is still on the front page. A must-read for any history buff, this book reads like fiction but it's all true.

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Andromathris
Amidst the larger than life figures of the early twentieth century, there were also individuals influenced by their own path that eventually changed as they progressed and unexpectedly made a difference to the rest of the world. From the pages of history and the life that she lived first, as an intellectual and curious world traveler, second archaeologist, and third officer of foreign affairs, Gertrude Bell deserves a place within the annals of history before the world drastically changed after 1914 and thereafter. Historian Janet Wallach writes an immensely detailed biography of her life Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia.

Wallach examines the life of Bell through a chronological timeline of her much personal life and of woman of her times, living the life of a socialite in Victorian England well taken care of by her father and to fulfill traditional expectations to the liking of her family. However, as one reads this fascinating story, Bell’s experiences will guide her to places and people that she could not ever imagined, she was the first woman to earn a degree in Modern History at Oxford University. And Wallach reveals with much intimate encounters, the short-lived successes and countless pitfalls of her relationships with potential suitors with or without her family’s approval due to particular circumstances extremely explained in the book. There is no denying, Bell was surrounded by the most prominent individuals of power and wealth, Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, Sir Percy Cox, A.T. Wilson, and numerous Kings and Princes. Each experience also had a place within her adventurous journeys away from England to travels abroad, especially to the Middle East that left a long-term effect on her. Through the research that Wallach completed at the Robinson Library of the University of Newcastle, the letters and diaries and other biographies retelling of Bell’s life, and also, the photographs and the maps that are included in the book, Wallach weaves a narrative of revealing proportions. Indeed, she was a unique woman to have spent many hours and days and years with distinguished figures in the Arab world and the work that she contributed within international relations as a representative to British affairs in the Middle East during the most pivotal periods in history during World War I; her story and the history that she shares, reverberates of the effects of the war on the east and the aftermath of independence for the regions in which she traveled and the realignment of geographical and political boundaries that will be set in place. Bell’s accounts of the lens of history of country and people may resonate of what she saw of colonizer to the colonized. Wallach specifically described this as Bell saw that the world changed by 1919 and her ideas did as well within 180 degrees.

The book is an amazing tale of a woman who matured with much dexterity within over 20 year period until her death. Gertrude Bell achieved so much in her lifetime beyond expectation of those closest to her, establish relations between Great Britain and the Arab world, a preservationist to antiquities and created the Baghdad Museum and awarded gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Aside from the accolades, she was a woman in a man’s world that left an experience for many to read and understand a world quite different from its ancient past.
Cktiell
So glad I bought this book in paperback as you need to flip back and forth from the text to the maps to follow the wild adventures of this fascinating woman who fluent in Arabic ,Persian and modern Euorpean languages dares to set out to visit dessert sheiks in their tents in the middle of nowhere.
Luckily for posterity she kept a detailed diary of everything she saw and the people she met. This record keeping was of tremendous use to the English during WW 1, although she was believed only grudgingly by many in the foreign office. Being trained in archeology she also wrote of her
various finds and photographed them, since many have been destroyed in our present era her information is of the greatest value. Gertrude Bell
knew everyone who was worth knowing in a world dominated by British Empire. This is a true story of a woman who shaped her world and the
shape of the middle eastern
world we have today.
Vinainl
Had we only known....Wallach's careful research and precise presentation lay out the twists and turns of Empire as the British plotted and planned and ultimately carved up the desert kingdoms we know today as Iraq and Iran (among others....). Gertrude Bell's amazing adventures along side so many other key players at the turn of the century provide a most readable and comprehensive look back at the seeds of today's complicated and unsettling Middle Eastern events.
An excellent layman's introduction to the history and culture of the region and a cautionary tale....
Clodebd
Gertrude Bell , whose insights and behind the scenes investigations as well as her appreciation for the Arab culture led to a remarkable life as an adopted daughter of Iraq make for fascinating journalism. The author, through the lens of the life of Miss Bell sheds much light on the current political climate in Iraq. And what an interesting way to learn the history of a country through the eyes of a pro-western contemporary figure with a sincere appreciation for the culture and inherent diversity and beauty of Iraq.
Oghmaghma
Fascinating book that reads almost like today's news...or at least helps you to better understand it. What a remarkable woman! I'm not certain I had heard about Gertrude Bell before--an important British explorer and expert on Mesopotamia who served as an advisor to the British government and was a protege of T E Lawrence.) This book fills in a lot of gaps in history of the middle east--from ancient to 20th century. The real main "character " in this book is Mesopotamia, it's peoples, leaders, customs, etc. Many of the same places and tribes that were in conflict from long ago still are. This is a very enjoyable and important book.
Dancing Lion
Story is great but the author spends too much time citing her research, I already believe these letters and records exist, no need to keep reiterating. Nevertheless, Gertrude Bell and the limited choices women had at that time, and her rejection of those choices, is a compelling story. This book was recommended by a friend who spent a year in Baghdad recently and I hosted a discussion for book club serving "the best food in the world" aromatic rice, nuts, olives....I would like to read another book about the same subject that was handled differently, or a book looking at Britain in general during these years. The influence of Turkey and Syria, cities like Damascus, and development of modern Saudi Arabia are so relevant, all are in this morning's paper. Its worth reading this book just to get some background but I wish it was written in a different style.
riki
Gertrude Bell had such a fascinating life, yet this book gets bogged down in uninteresting details. I wish the author had focused more on the amazing person that Gertrude was for her time. No author or movie has done the remarkable woman justice yet. Don't bother to look at the movie with Nicole Kidman playing the part of Gertrude. Wasn't Emma Thompson available? I slogged through the book because I found Gertrude so interesting, but it was a slog.
Desert Queen download epub
Politics & Government
Author: JANET WALLACH
ISBN: 0297812491
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Weidenfield and Nicolson; 1st edition (1996)
Pages: 352 pages