Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia

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Penguin Adult, Oct 28, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages

'The best life of Lawrence yet published' - The Express

Lawrence was a brilliant propagandist, rhetorician and manipulator, who deliberately turned his life into a conundrum. But who was the real man behind the masks? Lawrence began the GreatWar as a map-clerk and ended it as one of the greatest military heroes of the 20th century. He altered the face of the Middle East, helped to lead the Arabs to freedom and formulated modern guerilla warfare. Yet he refused any honours and spent therest of his life in near obscurity. Desert explorer and Arabist, Michael Asher, set out to solve this riddle and discovers a hero whose greatness owed as much to his weaknesses as to his strengths.

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User Review  - slgardiner - LibraryThing

I am perhaps a quarter of the way through Asher's biography of T. E. Lawrence, and am finding the his admittedly admiring and admittedly idiosyncratic picture of the man behind the myth a fascinating ... Read full review

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User Review  - acheekymonkey - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this study of the famous, almost mythic warrior. I became fascinated after seeing Lean's movie. I've only read one Lawrence bio, so I can't say whether it's the best out there. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Michael Asher is one of Britain's most prominent desert explorers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won the Ness Award of the RGS and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He is the author of eight books including the acclaimed Thesiger, Lawrence and The Real Story of Bravo Two Zero. He now lives in Nairobi in Kenya.

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