Pinot & Prose Book Club Selection for January

Pinot & Prose Book Club will not meet in December.

Lawrence In Arabia
Our selection for January is: Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY “New York Times” – “Christian Science Monitor” – NPR – “Seattle Times” –  “St. Louis Dispatch”; National Book Critics Circle Finalist — American Library Association Notable Book.

A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history –  the Arab Revolt and the secret “great game” to control the Middle East.

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.”  Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theater.   As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.

Based on years of intensive primary document research, LAWRENCE IN ARABIA definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

Come join us for the discussion on January 24th at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s.

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