Margaret Sankey's Reviews > Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia

Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
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Jul 23, 2011

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Gertrude Bell, one of the first female graduates of Oxford and an expert in the Near East, was in an extraordinary position during and after WWI--as one of the few people expert on the Middle East and with contacts to the ruling Arab sheiks, she had a major hand in shaping the region, including choosing and grooming the first King of Iraq and drawing the disastrous borders. If you're going to try to understand the current situation, you've got to go back to 1918.

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