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

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Houghton Mifflin 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. He was born to Jewish settlers in Palestine. During World War I, he ran a network of spies with his sister, Sarah, that enabled the British to capture Jerusalem and made Aaron T.E. Lawrence's rival in an astonishing triangle: there is evidence that beautiful, rebellious Sarah, who died tragically in 1917, was the only woman Lawrence ever loved.
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. If Aaron had lived to carry out his vision, the course of modern history might have been very different. But the will to power that drew him from science to politics led him to a premature and mysterious death in 1919. His maps were lost, his library - and for many years, even his memory - destroyed.
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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AARONSOHN'S MAPS: The Untold Story of the Man Who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East

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Whatever happened to Aaron Aaronsohn, scientist, ecumenical patriot and spy? Felix Frankfurter muttered that a "bloodstained hand" had silenced him, as it had his spy sister. And thus opens journalist ... Read full review

Aaronsohn's maps: the untold story of the man who might have created peace in the Middle East

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There seems little doubt that Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-1919)-pioneering Zionist, agronomist, cartographer, and British spy-richly deserves a proper biography. Aaronsohn's astonishing abilities and ... Read full review

Contents

THE JEW IN TH BATHCHAIR
11
THE SPIES OF MOSES
28
FLYING THE ZIONIST KITE IN AMERICA
55
MINUET
76
THE LOCUST HUNTER
95
FELIX KRULL CONFIDENCE MAN
118
HE WHO WRITES THE DISPATCHES
147
OUR PEOPLE
169
THE SACRIFICE
201
ICARUS FALLS FROM THE SKY
226
INCONVENIENT HEROES
260
AARONSOHNS ROAD MAP
285
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
321
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON SOURCE NOTES
323
INDEX
337
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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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