The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
“Although women didn’t even have the right to vote, Gertrude Bell relied on her education, upbringing, and self-confidence to influence policy decisions made by leaders in England and the Mid-east. This is a remarkable story of a remarkable woman whose work in the early 20th century explains many of the situations observed today.”-
– CHARLOTTE SMITH Lecturer, School of Public Health
Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library