Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. This was so good, a story of building trust and being there for each other in the making of a strong friendship then turning into a beautiful love. This was a fairly uneven read. The French Revolution (History In An Afternoon), The Times Concise Atlas of the World: 14th Edition, Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Book), How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The sole honourable exception appears to be T. E. Lawrence, whose affinity for Arab culture and interests appears to have been heartfelt. This is book two in a series but I didn’t read book one and wasn’t lost at all. But I did not know about the role of France in the region, how devious and powerless at the same time it was. The first thing I should point out is that this book reads like a well written novel. I started reading A Line in the Sand last year but due to many reasons I couldn’t make it past the first 50 pages. ), but felt smarter and more informed about this delicate and explosive region once I finished it. France wants it in Tripoli. But if, like me, you’re looking for a better understanding of the region and its complicated history then I’d look elsewhere. In Line in the Sand Harvard professor Rachel St. John focuses not on the players but on the physical border itself. Barr does not claim to know what a character was thinking – unless there is a diary or letter to back it up. Those books recount the diplomatic and military struggle between the United States, Mexico and Indian tribes over control of the borderlands. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He is the author of Setting the Desert on Fire, a history of T.E. The men in those professions are usually hotter than hot, and everyone needs that kind of brain candy. The cons. Mixed-nationality, mixed-ethnicity border peoples created border towns that at the turn of the 20th century were more unified than divided. The blurb above gives you a good all-round picture of the scope of this book. The only snag is that it can be overly detailed at times. In the end, guess what??? Simon Le Bon, lead singer of the band Duran Duran and Arcadia. A Line in the Sand Book Summary and Study Guide. After overthrowing al-Quwatli bloodlessly, he set out to open peace talks with the Israelis and mend relations with the French via a currency agreement and an arms deal that would pave the way for renewed French influence in the former mandate. The consequences are playing themselves out to this day for viewing on our broadband connections: One of the first things reported about the new "Caliphate" erected by ISIS in Iraq in recent weeks was their achievement in tearing up the Sykes-Picot agreement, the focus of this story. St John holds that the boundary line established from the Rio Grande to the Pacific Ocean was of central importance to the development of the region. Lawrence and the secret war in Arabia. Well worth reading. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; Francois Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The strength of a Line in the Sand is that it contains more details, blow by blow accounts and personal insights into all the shapers of the Modern Middle East. Her intentions, though utterly selfish, are portrayed with a generous colouring of humanistic concerns. In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Really sweet, fun read. One hundred and thirty-seven days after he had taken power, on 14 August he too was overthrown and executed.”, History Published in Year: 2011 (nonfiction), Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books). Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, by Rachel St. John, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 2011, $29.95. The characters are pleasant and very likable. August 4th 2011 A Line In The Sand by Al and Joanna Lacy is like taking a step back in time. The squabbling, fading empires of France and Britain are at the heart of it all, both obsessed with maintaining their place in the world at the expense of the Arabs. LOL Hopefully no earthquakes leading to floods here, but we get a few regular tremors. Very interesting, shocking in many parts the history of rivalry of the British and the French in the MIddle East. 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Or did it? They began writing together in 2004 and finished their first original full length novel in 2011. By Randy Roberts and James N. Olson. I read Modern History at Oxford University. For example, the author spends pages and pages on the dispute between the British and the French about the proposed route of the oil pipeline from Mosul to the sea. I need to apologize to the author because, frankly, I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this world of strong security experts, dedicated to protecting their clients. Only the Americans come out with any glory - in the early years wielding their growing economic power to force the British and French to move towards freedom and democracy for the Arabs. Seemingly both aware of the untenability of their old colonial habits, the U.K. and France nevertheless sought, from 1916 onwards, to ensure that they each retained strategic control of parts of the swathe of land stretching from southern Turkey to the Sinai, and from the Mediterranean to Mecca, following the disintegration of Ottoman rule. To see what your friends thought of this book, A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East, I read A Line in the Sand to try to fill the gaps in my knowledge about the 20th C origins of many of the Middle East nations which were created - rather arbitrarily it turns out - by the colonial British and French powers following the precipitous fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1916 during WWI. However, by the end of the book you realise you’re more horrified by the inhuman and dirty politics of France; whereas the Britain comes across as a rather honest and noble colonial agent caught up in petty politics. Who leads conversations like that? maybe ever 4,5 stars... this is so far the best book in series for me. I was appalled by the violence employed by all the actors, the duplicity of the colonizers, the terrorism of the Zionists (! I really liked both Jon and Alex and the romance felt believable and even the big jungle adventure didn't become two outlandish. The lands and peoples astride what is now the U.S.-Mexico border have been the subject of several recent histories, including Karl Jacoby’s Shadows at Dawn (2008) and Brian DeLay’s War of a Thousand Deserts (2008). Anyway, I only mention it because this book reads like a novel – but in the good ways. So if it worked for the Jews then, it is less surprising that modern terrorist do not think their efforts are futile. If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? 5 Stars Plus loved this book from Ari McKay. The story begins in … You can trace the impact the two decaying empires had on the current conflict as well. The Arabs themselves come across as bumbling and incompetent, except for perhaps the Druze and Bedu, but they are all riven by petty in fighting that allows the "great powers" to maintain control of their lands. The phrase that springs to mind when reading this authoritative history is "beggar thy neighbour". This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. James Barr has achieved this with consummate ease. Not until the Immigration Act of 1917, almost 70 years after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, did the U.S. government restrict the flow of Mexicans across the border in the form of required registration, literacy tests, head taxes and health inspections. He was softer than downey snuggle bear. The lands and peoples astride what is now the U.S.-Mexico border have been the subject of several recent histories, including Karl Jacoby’s Shadows at Dawn (2008) and Brian DeLay’s War of a Thousand Deserts (2008). Coming from a country that’s a former British colony, I cannot stomach such misplaced representation of British colonialism. The family is devastated when his mother dies, and Alan leaves for Texas with William Childress who has offered him a job. A Line in the Sand takes up where the bestselling Fob Doc left off-this time, with a focus on the Canadian soldier in Afghanistan. Sonoran statesman Ignacio Pesqueira rallied Mexicans against the filibusters, capturing and executing Crabb and most of his men in the border town of Caborca. Free Press, $26. The book is full of details and very informative, the main thought I'm left with is: the audacity of colonial powers! If you want to know why the Middle East and some parts of North Africa are in a state, read this. But of course neither would tell they other this. I enjoyed this because I thought Jon was such a nice guy and they ended up in "Costa Cordoba", aka Costa Rica where I am. Adam, Alan's brother, moves to be with him, and they join the rest of the Texas men in defending their land. well, this one is definitely better than the first one in the series, but still not more than 2,5 stars. With that experience, I can tell you that Barr excels at taking what is a complex and intriguing series of historical events and rendering them as dull as watching water evaporate. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The Kane's would have to fight to protect their new home from Mexico's General Santa Ana. Please try again.
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