Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia

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Penguin Adult, Oct 28, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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Lawrence was both masochist and misogynist, a constant creator of myths and mysteries about himself. Yet this tormented, physically unimpressive man was also one of the authentic heroes of the twentieth century. Most biographers have been content either to glorify or to debunk, but Arabist and desert explorer Michael Asher has re-examined all the evidence to reveal a totally credible mixture of strength and weakness, self-glorification and real achievement. 'Asher's Lawrence is neither a driven visionary nor a great man, but one who had the right talents for an awfully big adventure. That adventure is Asher's subject... the core of his book is a lucid, fast-paced account of Lawrence's war... the story he has to tell is irresistibly stirring.' Lucy Hughes-Hallet, Sunday Times

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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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