Lawrence of Arabia

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 163 pages
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Colorful characters, a larger-than-life hero, stirring battles, death-defying desert treks, and an adventure rich in mystery and romance, are all depicted by a great writer. That and more is what readers will find in this spellbinding biography of Lawrence of Arabia that is impossible to put down. Bestselling author and screenwriter Alistair MacLean follows Lawrence as he breaks with tradition to live with Arabs and, using modern-day guerrilla tactics, helps them defeat the Turks and gain an independent state. In addition to the enthralling details of the campaign, MacLean provides valuable insight into the origins of the Middle East we know today.
  

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Contents

The Land of Arabia
3
The Training of a Desert Fighter
18
First Victory
31
The March on Aqaba
45
Guerilla Warfare
61
Failure and Success
73
Forward Again
91
Victory on All Sides
106
The Rout of the Turks
122
A Triumphant Entry into Damacus
135
A Peaceful Settlement
149
AFTERWORD
158
INDEX
160
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
163
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About the author (2006)

Alistair MacLean was born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 28, 1922. During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy. He graduated with a degree in English from Glasgow University. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a teacher. He wrote numerous books including HMS Ulysses, The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare, Dark Crusader, Satan Bug, Captain Cook: A Biography, and Santorini. He also wrote The Black Shrike and The Satan Bug under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. Several of his books were adapted into movies including The Secret Ways, Fear Is the Key, and When Eight Bells Toll. He also wrote several original screenplays including Breakheart Pass and conceived an adventure drama for television entitled The Hostage Towers. He died of heart failure on February 2, 1987 at the age of 64.

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