Gertrude Bell is one of the most fascinating women in history. Her influence, if anything, was of greater world importance than that of Lawrence. She had made the Arab problem her own before he did; she stayed with the problem, and saw it through its troubled period, while he pulled out in disgust. This is the story of her sheltered childhood her Victorian girlhood, and the steps by which she became enamoured with the desert, with Bagdad, with the Arabs. Adequate, but uninspired biography.