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Set In The Medieval City Of Marrakesh And The Majestic Kasbahs Of The High Atlas Mountains, Lords Of The Atlas Tells The Extraordinary Story Of The Madani And T Hami El Glaoui, Warlord Brothers Who Carved Out A Feudal Fiefdom In Southern Morocco In The Early Twentieth Century Quislings Of The French Colonial Administration, They Combined The Aggression Of Gangland Mobsters With The Opulence Of Hereditary Indian Princes, And Ruled With A Mixture Of Flamboyance And Terror On Returning From The Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II In , T Hami Ordered The Severed Heads Of His Enemies To Be Mounted On His Gates Yet In , When The French Left Morocco, The Glaoua Regime Toppled Like A Pack Of CardsA Classic Story Of History, Intrigue, Mystery, And Action

10 thoughts on “Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua, 1893-1956

  1. says:

    I suppose if you need to read your first book on Morocco, this isn t a bad place to start Let s preface that withyour first book on Southern Morocco, as the author s focus is strictly there If you re like me, a wanderer uninitiated on the North African nation as a whole, this volume will illuminate the difference between the Morocco we think we know Casablanca with the Morocco we don t Marrakesh.While this is really the history of the House of Glaoua, lords of the Berber lands to the south of the Atlas mountains, the reader gets the full breadth of the cruelty and avarice of the ruling Sultans also One wonders if there are still skeletons rotting away in the depths of some unknown hidden dungeon in the crumbling mud made abandoned kasbahs.The French come in for it big time They just never seemed to manage the whole colonial bit the Pommies really had that nailed down As a prelude to the Algerian War, the French occupation and then abandonment of Morocco plays as a Graham Greene story of betrayal and condescension.Books teach and this one certainly did Shadows and dust.Book Season Summer when the hot winds blow

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    An account of the rise and fall blood on the way up, even blood on the way down of a Moroccan clan amid the politics of the twentieth century, amid French colonialism, independence, war, and a dizzying cascade of alliances and betrayals My edition is illustrated with breathtakingly beautiful photos of the country the cities, the Atlas mountains, the Rif and the landscape only emphasises the fates of the Glaoua and their allies and enemies The old saying is true enough here you wouldn t believe it as fiction Not a political analysis, but politics as human drama Blood, thunder, irony, and the harsh beauty of landscape and dynastic politics.

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    Maxwell has an ear and an eyeball rolled in every kasbah s blanket, every Pasha s golfing bag, every harem s keyhole, every red Martian craig of the High Atlas, every Sultan s treasury, and gilded box, and long handshake, and column of tea poured too far above its little glass He has a good guess at what every passing feudalist thinks about his neighboring fief He saw France rinse white vampire hands as Morocco passed its medieval placenta into the 20th century, oozing with old blood stuck to the scimitar.A book of true Dumas style brother dungeoning, torture in chains, amusing dinner conversations, hardfried politics, reputation battering rumors, polygamy, intrigue, shopping, and routine decapitation.

  4. says:

    25 ratingsAuthor s introduction to MoroccoTable of Principal EventsGeneologyColour photographs generously dotted through the text.Opening Quote For queries on an empty page For rams and expiated sin For desert dust and falcon s cryFor tempest in a ruined inn.For sunrise, and mountain s ageA vulture on the sky.Book OneMADANI EL GLAOUIChapter One The Castle The castle stands at an altitude of than 6,000 feet in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco It and its scattered rookery of crumbling predecessors occupy the corner of a desert plateau, circled by the giant peaks of the Central Massif, all of them rising to than 10,000 feet, and some, such as the great Jebel Ghat to the eastward, reaching 12,500.At the 10% mark I am finding it a dry read, which is fitting for a Saharan setting About the same time as this was written Morocco became quite the place to be for the boomers Something to do with resin.I always associate Morocco with Kate Winslett

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    When a Moon Outshines a PlanetIn the late 19th century, before the French finally occupied Morocco calling it a protectorate , there were no roads or railways in the country The Sultans could not control the outlying areas They tried to do so through local caids who had their own armies and made continual raids into the large, rugged areas beyond central control The fortunes of these subordinate rulers waxed and waned Maxwell s book is about the most successful family of these in the 20th century, a family based in the Atlas Mountains, which divide Morocco or less down the middle In competition with two other of these local caids, the Glaoui family cast its fortune with the French and became the most powerful in the whole country They commanded an army of Berber warriors who gradually got modern arms They plotted and planned and got their relatives into all the important positions in much of the country The Glaoui family became so powerful as to get the sultan dethroned and exiled to Madagascar They called the shots but only for a short while The tide of history changed Colonialism became too expensive and politically untenable The nationalist movement Istiqlal grew stronger, taking the exiled Sultan as its symbolic leader The French saw the writing on the wall they were fighting a vicious war in neighboring Algeria They caved in The Sultan returned and the Glaoui fell from power T hami El Glaoui died in early 1956 and Morocco regained its independence in the same year Today the once mighty forts erected by the Glaoui family sit crumbling in the mountains How all this happened is a fascinating story, very well told in this book While it might not be academic history, you don t get a chance to read about these events and these characters in many places Give it a try.

  6. says:

    I was looking for Bedouin history books at my local used book store when this one jumped out at me I grabbed it thinking I d parcel it out over the summer in 10 page increments as a palate cleanser between fiction and anti capitalist theory I finished it in three sittings across 30 hours, with only the obligations of work and household preventing a single sitting binge A marvelous introduction tot he life and writing of Mr Maxwell, this thrilling history is exhaustively well researched Mr Maxwell s judicious use of understated humor and personal details make what could be a dry account of the modernization, colonization and liberation of Morocco a into an incredibly human not to mention captivating read.Rare, too, for a book of this period is Mr Maxwell s attitude towards colonization it would be hard to find a modern writer with a compelling anti colonial attitude An absolutely incredible book, laden with many insane gems of prose and seemingly ludicrous but true accounts of the last sultans of Morocco and their power brokers.

  7. says:

    Even by Maxwell s standards, this is a rather idiosyncratic book The topic, being the history of a ruling dynasty inland Morrocco, is not one that will be familiar to most readers It certainly wasn t to me It s the closest he came to trying to write a work of academic history, which is probably why it reads so strangely To begin with, much of the first half of the book consists of lengthy verbatim quotations from an earlier journalist We don t really get Maxwell s voice until the second half Positive aspects of this book Maxwell tries to move beyond the Eurocentrism of earlier works, he is as ever a brilliant prose stylist, and the illustrations and photographs mostly by the author are excellent More negative aspects Maxwell can t escape the temptation to flights of wild orientalist fancy Because of this, the book has aged poorly, it s difficult to take it entirely seriously as history.

  8. says:

    Interesting book about the very eventful period in Morocco s history from late 19th to mid 20th century I wanted to learn about Morocco so picked up this book Not only that specific period, but it also covers earlier history of Morocco, their way of life, their customs and traditions You learn a lot from this book The author also kept the narrative very engaging and interesting, so it doesn t feel like a regular history book full of monotonous facts and figures.

  9. says:

    Very readable history of Morocco, from when it was not far off a medieval feudal society through its incorporation in the modern world.Very vivid An extraordinary tale of cross and double cross by European powers playing with a vulnerable emerging nation, from the point of view of a powerful Moroccan family And of the life and times of Moroccan people.

  10. says:

    Recommended reading for trip to morroco