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Turn back the clock to the outbreak of World War I, nearly 100 years ago, and the Middle East looked like a vastly different area. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria didn’t even exist. Those areas were part of the vast Ottoman Empire.

It was during the great War that a young British officer, T.E. Lawrence — remembered as “Lawrence of Arabia” from the film — helped lead an Arab uprising to overthrow the Ottomans.

War-Correspondent and author, Scott Anderson, revisits this period in his book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.”