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Lawrence Of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence

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The unabridged edition was selected by The New York Times as one of the six best nonfiction books of 1990. Now this critically acclaimed biography--abridged by the author--offers a portrait of the legendary modern-day knight, Arab revolt leader, British secret agent and World War I military genius. 32 pages of photographs.
Paperback, Abridged By The Author, 544 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Collier Books (first published November 1989)
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T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), best known as Lawrence of Arabia, was an enigmatic and perplexing man who undoubtedly was plagued with intermittent depression and, despite his fame, strong self-doubt. He had ample opportunity to gain fame and money but was indifferent to both. Jermey Wilson's 1989 biography, using letters to and from Lawrence and British Army documents until recently not available, provides an amazing amount of detail to this troubled soul and his unusual life.
Lawrence was an archa
Jim Good
Details the history of Lawrence of Arabia including his childhood, leading the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, and his time in the air force following the war. The biography is exceedingly detailed, but does not draw any conclusions instead relying on the facts and letting the readers draw their own conclusions. Interesting details include Lawrence’s masochistic behavior (paying others to beat him up), his reclusive ness and unwillingness to use his fame following the war, and his insigh ...more
Debra J.
Very satisfying in -depth look at the real Lawrence of Arabia. An amazing man.
Pretty good, but too long, and the author thinks too highly of himself.
Laurence Burke
Those who only know T.E. Lawrence from the famous movie "Lawrence of Arabia" will find that there is much more to the man than his role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence was establishing himself as an archaeologist in the years before the war and traveled in literary circles in the years following the war.

A blurb on the dust-jacket says, "This is Lawrence on a camel, not on a couch." That seems to sum this up nicely: Lawrence's actions are the cen
I'm glad I read it, but I caution those who wish to read the biography of their heros. Biographies remove the shiny nature of the hero adding patina where you wish there was polish.
The book has three parts. I read the first two parts from the original, nearly 700 pages of meticulous Middle East history and very little bio of the man. I finished by reading the last section from the abridged version. The author admitted his original should probably be considered more of a middle east history than a biography of Lawrence: every treaty, memo, letter, and military personality is quoted extensively. I also felt like it paraphrased Lawrence's own Seven Pillars of Wisdom book so f ...more
Author is a little dry for other biography's I've read. But a very interesting read.
A well put together biography of a great man.
A man who strived to not only serve his country, but to do this whilst respecting others. He had a great respect for the people of other nations. His courage and determination was only let down by actions of others.
A great true story of a great man ahead of his times, a few lessons for some even today.
If you are going to read about him, please choose this book.

Charlie Londono
BRILLIANT! The story, the legend, the writing style, all of it. No longer published, but can be found used. A must read for any history buff. One definitely gains a better understanding of how and why the Middle East is as screwed up as it is today. Had they only listened to Thomas Edward Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia!
This is a book I have read twice before. If that doesn't tell you how much I love this one, I don't know what will! This isn't for everyone, it is a biography. But full of life.(lol)
Scooter Chick
One of the better books about Lawrence, by his official biographer. However, that also means that some very personal sides of his character are not revealed or explored.
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Tony Sacre
The movie made me read the book, the book inspired a portrait. One of my top five movies ever!The book was interesting but far to long!
Preston Malone
Great read. What a remarkable man Lawrence was - and Jeremy Wilson tells his story wonderfully.
My fav biography of Ned. An amazing and compelling person.
Interested in learning about what we're doing in Iraq...
Good comprehensive bio of a fascinating man.
Thought-provoking; a complex and admirable person, always struggling.
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