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Queen of the Desert
Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell | Georgina Howell
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Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in 1921. Queen of the Desert is her story, vividly told and impeccably researched, drawing on Gertrude's own writings, both published and unpublished. Previously published as Daughter of the Desert, this is a compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and age and in so doing created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
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Top-notch biography, a page-turner which really brought the subject to life with excellent use of primary sources.

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Who in tarnation doesn't know the size of a book? I'm sorry, but this is dumb af. #thanksamazon #arealdinger

Well-ReadNeck 😂😂😂 3y
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For this week's #FunFridayPhoto I offer you this #biography of the amazing Gertrude Bell. The cover shows her on camel-back in 1921 flanked by Churchill and TE Lawrence. She climbed K2, she worked in British Intelligence in WW1, she spoke Arabic, and traveled the Mesopotamian desert with Bedouins. All in all, a spectacular and remarkable women for her, and all, time.

LeahBergen Yes!!! 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Love this book! 3y
Dragon I read an interesting fictionalization of this photo, you might be interested in it 3y
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