Historian janet wallach writes an immensely detailed biography of her life desert queen the extraordinary life of gertrude bell adventurer adviser to kings ally of lawrence of arabia. Desert queen is the story of gertrude bell who is seen by many as the mother of iraq born in victorian england when a females purpose in life was to find a husband and raise a family bell broke all stereotypes. Desert queen the extraordinary life of gertrude belladventurer adviser to kings ally of lawrence of arabia by janet wallach this richly textured biography chicago tribune inspired the mesmerizing documentary letters from baghdad now in theaters. Desert queen the extraordinary life of gertrude bell adventurer adviser to kings ally of lawrence of arabia is the life story of noted englishwoman gertrude bell gertrude is born in washington hall county durham england on july 14 1868 to extremely wealthy parents hugh and mary bell the . Archaeologist linguist and the greatest woman mountaineer of her age in 1921 she drew the boundaries of the country that became iraq james buchan on the extraordinary life of gertrude bell
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