BSI: “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson

February 7, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Books Sandwiched In.  Bring a sandwich and join the discussion.

This book is about T.E. Lawrence who witnessed the Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War l as he rode at the head of an Arab army in 1917.  He was fighting a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.  The author spent four years of intensive primary document research to argue against older ideas of how the modern Middle East was formed.  He maintains the conflict was shaped by adventurers and low-level officers.  He captures the way in which folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.  The book has been critically recognized in respected publications and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography.

Books Sandwiched In is open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Copies of the books for discussion are available at the Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

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