I remember seeing the movie when it first came out 50+ years ago, but I didn't get a good grasp of the history. This is a really good story of a remarkable man, written by one of the best war correspondents the US ever produced. The author spent many months in the desert with Lawrence, so he is writing from his own personal experiences with him. Lawrence was a short bookish archaeologist who found himself in a unique situation and became a warrior's warrior. He united the hundreds of tribes in Arabia who had been killing each other in blood feuds for at least 1000 years and directed their energies against the Ottoman empire. Even though he was a blond, blue-eyed Christian, he was welcome in Medina and Mecca and was accepted as an Arabian prince by the Muslim world. Heavily supported by both the British Navy and (unwillingly) the Ottoman empire, he traveled light, hit hard and never got caught, even though he blew up 79 railroad bridges!
It's one helluva good read!!
- Hardcover: 386 pages
- Publisher: Andesite Press (8 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1298495466
- ISBN-13: 978-1298495464
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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