Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia

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Viking, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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"Lawrence of Arabia" began World War I as a map clerk and ended it as one of the great figures of the war. He altered the face of the Middle East, 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. Lawrence deliberately turned his life into a conundrum and set out to mystify those who came after him-beginning with his own account of the Arab Revolt, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, in 1926- thereby assuring his place as a mythical cult-figure for posterity. He saw himself as an intellectual rather than a soldier, and a wanderer after sensations rather than a man of action. He wore an endless series of masks. But who was the real man behind these disguises? 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 a biography that captures the elusive man behind the myth.

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

This is not your typical biography of a legendary figure. Part pilgrimage, part travelogue, part mythological debunking, part psychological unveiling - it's all here in this book. TE Lawrence, known ... Read full review

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User Review  - Monte Dutton - Goodreads

I've had it a long time and finally got around to it. It was worth the wait. "Lawrence of Arabia" is my choice as the finest movie of all time. Now I have a vivid image of the real Lawrence, or at least Asher depicts him as well as any man could. Read full review

Contents

The Valley of the Moon I
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Apparent Queen Unveiled Her Peerless Light
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Dominus Illuminatio Mea
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About the author (1998)

Michael Asher is an SAS veteran, desert explorer, and a fellow of the RoyalSociety of Literature. He lives in Morocco.

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