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Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956
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"Lords of the Atlas" is divided into two books. The first traces the rise of the House of Glaoua under Madani El Glaoui, the son of Caid Si Mohammed Ben Hammou and an Ethiopian concubine, who led his family to power by conquering the Berber tribes of the South and by committing himself to the French, who were able to make Morocco a Protectorate in 1912 partly due to Madani's success in uniting the nation through conquest. Book Two follows the reign of Madani's brother T'hami El Glaoui, who inherited his brother's power and politics upon Madani's death in 1918. T'hami was officially the Pasha of Marrakesh but became a man more powerful than the Sultan himself, his status dependent upon the French Protectorate, which ended in 1956.
Gavin Maxwell thinks Madani a more impressive man than T'hami, though he defends T'hami against anti-colonialist propaganda. There is less personal information about Madani than his brother, and Maxwell speaks of his character in broader terms.Read more ›
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I had high hopes for this book, but I was disappointed in how often Maxwell puts in pages and pages of quotes from other sources. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shelley
As a part time resident of Morocco who can often be found ‘lost’ in the crumbling ruins of kasbahs, it was easy to find myself ‘back in time’ whilst reading this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by ann Roslyn
Brilliantly crafted with a wealth of information, Gavin Maxwell obviously did his homework and it shows. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LM Ollie
I had the good fortune of having the illustrator as a tour guide in Marrakesh. The book and its illustrations capture this part of the world wonderfullyPublished on February 21, 2014 by Derek Dewees
Enjoyed the first person perspective of some of the historical events and personalities. The current photographs of Morocco are beautiful. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Catherine OBrien
You won't regret. It's interesting, and pictures are splendid.
Moroccan friends wanted to have this book, so I had the privilege to have it first!
I know so little of that part of the world. My grandson is there with the peacecorps and I want to know more about the people there and their way of living. Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Josephine Clifford