Aaronsohn's Maps: The Untold Story of the Man who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East

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Harcourt, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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Scientist, diplomat, and spy, Aaron Aaronsohn was one of the most extraordinary figures in the early struggle to create a homeland for the Jews. Born to Jewish settlers in Palestine, he ran a spy network that enabled the British to capture Jerusalem during World War I and made him the rival of his contemporary, T. E. Lawrence—who may also have been his flamboyant sister Sarah’s lover. A rugged adventurer, Aaronsohn became convinced during his explorations of the Middle East that water would govern the region’s fate. He compiled both the area’s first detailed water maps and a plan for Palestine’s national borders that predicted and—in its insistence on partnership between Arabs and Jews—might have prevented the decades of conflict to come. And he paid for his devotion to the new nation with his life. A history that speaks directly to the present, Aaronsohn’s Maps reveals for the first time Aaronsohn’s key role in establishing Israel and the enduring importance of Aaronsohn’s maps in Middle Eastern politics today.

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PATRICIA GOLDSTONE has been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has written for the Washington Post, Maclean s, and the Economist Intelligence Unit, among others. She is the author of Making the World Safe for Tourism. She lives in New York.

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