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Revolt in the Desert

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An epic account of the Great War in the Middle East
T. E. Lawrence-Lawrence of Arabia-needs no introduction. His renowned work about his experiences with King Feisal's Arab army as it fought its campaign to Damascus-The Seven Pillars of Wisdom-has become a classic of twentieth century English literature. Revolt in the Desert is not a work of literature, or even a history o
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Leonaur Ltd (first published January 1st 1927)
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John
Dec 22, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-lives
T. E. Lawrences classic history/biography of his involvment in the middle east during the War To End All wars.
The basis for the great movie, Lawrence of Arabia, it stands very well upon its own legs.
Irreverent and honest, he speaks casually of his great impact on the area and the nature of the rich cultures he encounters, the terrible privations he and his compatriots underwent, the black cruelty as well as the acts of spontanious nobility encountered with a voice that lays each to stand for the
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Revolt in the Desert, is another account of Lawrence as a liaison Officer between Britain and Arab revolts, In fact what makes me write this review is that I got in touch with the poetic style that Lawrence used to express some psychological feelings. In reality this book should be picked in the best shelf of the British literature.
James McAllister
Feb 27, 2015 James McAllister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This version of events is more accessible than Seven Pillars and most of the more outre episodes ( which people who knew him say were total fantasy) are not included.
I re-read the book because one of my colleagues asked how Islamic State had been so successful in Syria and North Iraq.
Before I recommended this book to him I gave it a read just in case my old memory was playing tricks.

But my memory was true. In this book Lawrence writes down the very basics of guerrilla warfare which all insurgen
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Wu Ming
Dec 29, 2010 Wu Ming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WM4: Salvate il soldato Lawrence. Dopo settant'anni di dibattito sulla sua figura, davvero non meritava di essere buttato sul mercato editoriale senza nemmeno due parole di accompagnamento. Spedito fuori dalla trincea senza nessuno a coprirlo. Fior di carriere critico-letterarie si sono costruite o infrante davanti al mito di Lawrence d'Arabia, e forse quando un editore sceglie di pubblicare un testo come Rivolta nel deserto, datato 1927, una prefazione sarebbe cosa buona e giusta. Non l'ha pens ...more
BGP
Dec 28, 2010 BGP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This text is an unnecessary abridgment of one of the most compelling and beautifully written non-fiction works of the 20th century, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While fans and collectors of Lawrence's work may find the book of interest, new readers should disregard this text and direct their attention to Seven Pillars of Wisdom post-haste.
Ghazi
Jan 29, 2011 Ghazi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب يحكي تفاصيل الثوره العربيه على الأتراك وأحداث الحرب العالميه الأولى ومابعدها من تحريك وتحريض للعرب على الأتراك بإدارة المخابرات البريطانيه
!ووصولا إلى إتمام الوعد وتسليم فلسطين

بعيداً عن الضيافة والعادات العربيه , مع لورنس تحديداً أحسست أن العرب أغبى شعوب الأرض, فالمطامع أوضح من شمسهم الحارقه
كتاب يحمل من العار مايجعلك تكمله بعينٍ واحده:)
Ryan
May 15, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Arab world or the Middle East.
One of my favorite adventure books that i have read since childhood. For anyone interested in the Arab world it is a MUST. No way around it. Incredible writing, unbelievable action, made all the more intense by the fact that it DID happen. Great introduction to Arab culture, habits, and viewpoints. All around a phenomenal book.
John
Mar 22, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A vivid, first hand, account of a key period in modern history. A must read for anyone trying to understand and appreciate some of the background to the complex problems of the Middle East today.
يسرا نعيم
يبدو أنه كتاب رائع لم أستطع إكماله لعدم تمكني التام من اللغة الانجليزية :(
David
Dec 14, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence wrote his memoirs of the WW1 war against the Ottoman Empire as a 780 page long book "The seven pillars of wisdom" but heavily in debt was forced by his publishers to rush out an abridged version. He hated it and refused to allow even the most basic editing. Consequently it has many different variants on place names, often fails to clarify the vast array of characters in the Arab army or the overall development of the war. On the other hand it conveys brilliantly the characters, countrys ...more
Jeff
Jan 24, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Revolt In The Desert", T.E. Lawrence, 1927. Distinctive, rare and expensive, the powerful, fire breathing 1933 Brough Superior motorcycle was a classic in it's own time. Lawrence of Arabia suffered a fatal brain injury while riding his Superior. Highly intellectual, literary, and courageous in battle, T.S. Lawrence was not only a talented military officer, but also an accomplished archeologist. Having survived a life magnetically drawn to adventure and risk, and well known for indulging in seve ...more
Jennifer Taw
Jun 23, 2014 Jennifer Taw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his telling of his efforts to help the Arabs rise up against the Ottomans, Lawrence vividly describes the dangers, but also the moral and intellectual challenges, he faced.
Miles
Feb 08, 2011 Miles added it
This was the less detailed version of T E Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom , edited down from the original. Lawrence didn't want the general public to see any book by or about him, but he needed money after Arabia, to live on. He finally agreed to let this book appear but every time there was any publicity about him, even to promote one of his own books, he suffered desperately from the public exposure.
Jim
Dec 28, 2009 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a memoir written by T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") about his involvement with the Arab revolt during WW I.

Well, I only made it about a third of the way through this book. It was well written, with colorful language. However, I lost interest. I guess there was just one too many long desert crossings without much happening.

In the future, I may go back and try to finish it.
Tom
Mar 02, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books ever written.

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

Lawrence has the ability to project full HD into your brain.
Joe
Sep 26, 2007 Joe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the movie Lawrence of Arabia (not just cause there are no women in it), and I'm quite intruiged by his writings, so I have to get to them.
Yann
Le témoignage d'un agent secret anglais pendant la première guerre mondiale, dont l'action va redessiner le visage de la région.
jobiwan6
For those who find "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" heavy slogging
Monte
Aug 23, 2007 Monte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the one I read, I've heard the full version is better. Worth it for Auda alone. Warning, much different than the film.
Elaine
Jan 02, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and exciting. Defiantly one of the greatest books of all time!
Steven Harris
Middle East,history,Arabs,Turks,orientalism
Victoria
Nov 30, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T E Lawrence is a fascinating character
Thom
Feb 26, 2013 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book!
Abid
Jan 01, 2009 Abid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Born Thomas Edward Lawrence, and known professionally as T. E. Lawrence, though the world came to know him as Lawrence of Arabia. In 1922, Lawrence used the name John Hume Ross to enlist in the RAF; after being discovered and forced out, he took the name T. E. Shaw to join the Royal Tank Corps (1923). He was eventually let back into the RAF (1925).
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