Queen of the Desert, Shaper of NationsBook - 2007
She traveled the globe several times, but her passion was the desert, where she traveled with only her guns and her servants. Her vast knowledge of the region made her indispensable to the Cairo Intelligence Office of the British government during World War I. She advised the Viceroy of India; then, as an army major, she traveled to the front lines in Mesopotamia. There, she supported the creation of an autonomous Arab nation for Iraq, promoting and manipulating the election of King Faisal to the throne and helping to draw the borders of the fledgling state. "Gertrude Bell," vividly told and impeccably researched by Georgina Howell, is a richly compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and times, and in so doing, created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
From Library Staff
This is a marvelous tale about a woman who has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia. At one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire, Bell became an archeologist, spy and legendary mountaineer (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of this amazing woman’s life!).