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Portrait of T. E. Lawrence

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A concise, perceptive study, focusing on Lawrence's mission as a man meeting an historical need; his extraordinary gifts and powers; and his career as an example of personal freedom, both his own, and his quest for the freedom of others.
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Haskell House
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Shawn Birss
For any reader who loves the film Lawrence of Arabia as much as I do, this book will be a treat.

Exactly as the title says (ignoring the cringey and problematic subtitle, which was not included in the original edition of this book), this is a portrait of the enigmatic, brilliant, arrogant, complicated Lawrence of Arabia. As a biography, it is very short. The writer, in a very readable and even occasionally poetic style, gives a lot of information in an economy of words. So it is concise, and tho
Nov 17, 2012 Karyl rated it it was ok
This is not a good book to read if you know almost nothing about Lawrence of Arabia. I've heard his name and have a very general idea of who he is, but I'd never seen the movie or read any other books on him. This book assumes you have a pretty good idea of Lawrence, and of his work in the Middle East, as well as a working knowledge of his book Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I feel as though I have no better knowledge of Lawrence as I did before I read this book.
Billie Cotterman
Oct 24, 2012 Billie Cotterman rated it liked it
It's a very basic and simple biography of T.E. Lawrence published in 1939. It is what it is. I enjoyed it, and it was a good way to remind myself of the basic timeline of events.
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