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Parting the Desert

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Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century--the building of the Suez Canal-- and shows how it changed the world.The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps was the mastermind behind the project. Lesseps saw the project through fifteen years of financial challenges, technical obstacles, and political intrigues. He convinced ordinary French citizens to invest their money, and he won the backing of Napoleon III and of Egypt's prince Muhammad Said. But the triumph was far from perfect: the construction relied heavily on forced labor and technical and diplomatic obstacles constantly threatened completion. The inauguration in 1869 captured the imagination of the world. The Suez Canal was heralded as a symbol of progress that would unite nations, but its legacy is mixed. Parting the Desert is both a transporting narrative and a meditation on the origins of the modern Middle East.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Parting the Desert
2009, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Parting the Desert
February 16, 2004, John Murray
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Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal
May 11, 2004, Vintage
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Parting the desert: the creation of the Suez Canal
2003, A.A. Knopf
in English - 1st ed.
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PARTING THE DESERT: THE CREATION OF THE SUEZ CANAL.
2003, John Murray
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Parting the desert: the creation of the Suez Canal
2003, John Murray
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Parting the desert

the creation of the Suez Canal

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Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century--the building of the Suez Canal-- and shows how it changed the world.The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps was the mastermind behind the project. Lesseps saw the project through fifteen years of financial challenges, technical obstacles, and political intrigues. He convinced ordinary French citizens to invest their money, and he won the backing of Napoleon III and of Egypt's prince Muhammad Said. But the triumph was far from perfect: the construction relied heavily on forced labor and technical and diplomatic obstacles constantly threatened completion. The inauguration in 1869 captured the imagination of the world. The Suez Canal was heralded as a symbol of progress that would unite nations, but its legacy is mixed. Parting the Desert is both a transporting narrative and a meditation on the origins of the modern Middle East.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Parting the Desert

New Ed edition

This edition was published in by John Murray


First Sentence

"IT WAS LATE afternoon in the desert when they emerged from the labyrinth of eddies that flowed through the Nile Delta."

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
320
Dimensions
7.6 x 5 x 0.9 inches
Weight
9.1 ounces

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OL7860727M
ISBN 10
0719561728
ISBN 13
9780719561726
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269082
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1266934

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