Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) explored, mapped and excavated the world of the Arabs. She was also the first woman to earn a first-class degree from Oxford in modern history, and was fluent in both Persian and Arabic. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brains to match T. E. Lawrence’s brawn. After the war, she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was, at the time, considered the most powerful woman in the British empire.
Too long eclipsed by Lawrence, in this masterful biography Bell at last emerges 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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