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Lawrence, the uncrowned king of Arabia

Author: Michael Asher
Publisher: Woodstock : Overlook Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"T. E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia," began his role in World War I as a map clerk and ended it as one of the greatest military heroes of the century. He altered the face of the Middle East, helped the Arabs gain their freedom after five hundred years of domination by the Ottoman Turks, and almost single-handedly formulated many of the precepts of modern guerrilla warfare. Yet he refused any honors for his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives, Grenadian
Personal narratives, British
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Asher, Michael, 1953-
Lawrence, the uncrowned king of Arabia.
Woodstock : Overlook Press, 1999
(OCoLC)649012011
Named Person: T E Lawrence; Thomas E Lawrence
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Asher
ISBN: 0879517123 9780879517120 1585671428 9781585671427
OCLC Number: 41754450
Description: xix, 418 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Valley of the Moon --
pt. 1. The Wanderer, 1888-1916 --
pt. 2. The Warrior, 1916-1918 --
pt. 3. The Magician, 1918-1935.
Responsibility: Michael Asher.

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"T. E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia," began his role in World War I as a map clerk and ended it as one of the greatest military heroes of the century. He altered the face of the Middle East, helped the Arabs gain their freedom after five hundred years of domination by the Ottoman Turks, and almost single-handedly formulated many of the precepts of modern guerrilla warfare. Yet he refused any honors for his achievements and spent much of the rest of his life in the ranks of the army and the Royal Air Force, in near obscurity." "A brilliant propagandist, rhetorician, and manipulator, Lawrence deliberately turned his life into a conundrum and set out to mystify those who came after him, thereby assuring his place as a mythical cult-figure for posterity." "But who was the real man behind the masks? Desert explorer and Arab scholar Michael Asher set out to solve this riddle of appearances. Retracing many of Lawrence's desert Journeys, he gained startling new insights into his character. The result is biography combining the techniques of the detective story, travelogue, epic history, and high drama."--Jacket.

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