Faisal I of Iraq

Faisal I of Iraq

Ali Allawi









Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq was a seminal figure not only in the founding of the state of Iraq but also in the making of the modern Middle East. In all the tumult leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of new Arab states, Faisal was a central player. His life traversed each of the important political, military, and intellectual developments of his times.

This comprehensive biography is the first to provide a fully rounded picture of Faisal the man and Faisal the monarch. Ali A. Allawi recounts the dramatic events of his subject’s life and provides a reassessment of his crucial role in developments in the pre– and post–World War I Middle East and of his lasting but underappreciated influence in the region even 80 years after his death.

A battle-hardened military leader who, with the help of Lawrence of Arabia, organized the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire; a leading representative of the Arab cause, alongside Gertrude Bell, at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919; a founding father and king of the first independent state of Syria; the first king of Iraq—in his many roles Faisal overcame innumerable crises and opposing currents while striving to build the structures of a modern state. This book is the first to afford his contributions to Middle East history the attention they deserve.

Ali A. Allawi is research professor, National University of Singapore. He was appointed Iraq’s first postwar civilian Minister of Defense in 2004 and in 2005 was appointed Minister of Finance. This is his third book. He lives in London and Baghdad.

会以对传主有利的方式阐述和解读历史资料,有春秋笔法。 阿拉伯起义和巴黎和会部分讲得很全,篇幅甚至比伊拉克统治时期还多。伊拉克时期有点在写国家历史而不是个人传记的感觉。结尾部分写得挺好。费萨尔国王精明谨慎一生,在去世前却在危险的外部环境中命运般地犯了一连串错误导致局势恶化和自己的早逝。很难不令人扼腕叹息。读至最后脑海中只有一句话:为天下者,不顾身家。