A Line in the Sand (Paperback)
The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393344257, 480pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2013
“A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National Interest
In the twentieth century, while fighting a common enemy in Europe, Britain and France were locked in a clandestine struggle for power in the Middle East. From the first agreement to divide the region between them to the birth of Israel, A Line in the Sand is a gripping narrative of the last gasp of imperialism, with tales of unscrupulous double-dealing, cynical manipulation, and all-too-frequent violence that continues to the present day.
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Praise For A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948…
Lively and entertaining. . . . [Barr] has thrown some light on hitherto unexplored corners.
Starred review. Barr’s extensive archival research, evocative historical vignettes, and a superb sense of narrative pacing produce a first-rate work.
Combines the narrative pace of a spy novel with meticulous archival research.
— Eugene Rogan, author of The Arabs: A History