Sunday, March 17, 2013
Desert Queen - Janet Wallach
Lesson number one from this book: it was a nice to see a woman doing a really important job that you’d think only a man could have done in that period (she was actually an ally of Lawrence of Arabia). Side lesson: most of the men she dealt with pretty much considered her a man, or at least something other than a normal woman, and she sacrificed any sort of normal family life, so I guess that also goes to show that you pretty much had to be a freak of nature to accomplish such a thing, but hey, it’s still nice to see a woman get ahead.
Lesson number two: In the Middle East, it really does all come back to oil. How completely depressing is that? I’ve definitely got a better understanding of the history of what’s going on over there, and how it's effecting things even today, and I can’t say I have any better a feeling of it ever being resolved.
Lesson number three: I need to read more non fiction. This book was a complete slog (I read two other books while reading this one, because I needed breaks). I don’t know if my tolerance for non fiction is down, or if it was this book. I think I need to read some more to see if I can pinpoint that.