Behind the Lawrence Legend: The Forgotten Few Who Shaped the Arab Revolt

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - 284 стор.
T. E. Lawrence became world-famous as "Lawrence of Arabia" after helping Sherif Hussein of Mecca gain independence from Turkey during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18. His achievements, however, would have been impossible without the unsung efforts of a forgotten band of fellow officers and spies. This groundbreaking account by Philip Walker interweaves the compelling stories of Colonel Cyril Wilson and a colorful supporting cast with the narrative of Lawrence and the desert campaign. These men's lost tales provide a remarkable and fresh perspective on Lawrence and the Arab Revolt.

While Lawrence and others blew up trains in the desert, Wilson and his men carried out their shadowy intelligence and diplomatic work. His deputies rooted out anti-British soldiers who were trying to sabotage the revolt. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Lionel Gray, a cipher officer, provided a gateway into unknown aspects of the revolt through his previously unpublished photographs and eyewitness writings. Wilson's crucial influence underpinned all these missions and steadied the revolt on a number of occasions when it could have collapsed. Without Wilson and his circle there would have been no "Lawrence of Arabia."

Wilson's band mostly fell through the cracks of history into obscurity. Behind the Lawrence Legend reveals their vital impact and puts Lawrence's efforts into context, helping to set the record straight for one of the most beguiling and iconic characters of the twentieth century.

 

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Anything could happen in such a place
1
A town that hung heavy on the soul
14
A vast panIslamic conspiracy
23
Sharing a Cabin with Lawrence
36
Just go on sticking it
47
Camels and Secrets
59
Combat and Confusion
69
Sabotage Golf and Betrayal
81
Alarms and Excursions
150
Aqaba Calling
162
Fairy Godmothers tothe Arab Revolt
174
Use great caution The Curious Case of Agent Maurice
182
Endgame
194
Aftermath
204
Epilogue
215
PostArab Revolt Biographies
223

Aqaba the Arab Legion and Jam RolyPoly
93
Hopes and Fears
105
Great Escapes
116
Someone you once knew and a King
126
Blood brother of the Bedouins
138
Notes
229
Bibliography
267
Picture Acknowledgements
275
Index
277
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Philip Walker is a retired archaeologist and historian who spent many years as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments with English Heritage. He has travelled in Libya, Palestine (West Bank), Morocco, Xinjiang (the Muslim far west of China) and other parts of Central Asia. He has a particularinterest in the relationship between British intelligence and the Arab Revolt, 1916-18.

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