Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) first won fame for his writings and his participation in the British-sponsored Arab Revolt of WWI, but the adventurer known even in his day as "Lawrence of Arabia" is remembered today mostly as the subject of the 1962 film masterpiece based on his life. This splendid page-turner revitalizes this protean, enigmatic adventurer. That this colorful Br...more
Korda addresses some of the negative viewpoints on Lawrence taken by other biographers and historians and does well to try to deflate the ps ...more
In his thoughtful, even handed approach, Korda demystifies his role in facilitating the Arab revolt of diverse tribes against the Turkish during World War 1 and the establishment of Iraq, Jordan, and Israel in the post-war division of the Ottoman Empire. Korda addresses some of the negative viewpoints on Lawrence taken by other biographers and historians and does well to try to deflate the ps ...more
I found the author was a joy to read and presented La ...more
Lawrence seems to have spent the first half of his life preparing to become a hero, was one for a couple years, then spent ...more
Lawrence is one of those rare people that have played a big part of the world we live in. Korda covers a lot of issues that are still relevant today, especially concerning the Middle East. This book goes beyond the Lawrence of Arabia an ...more
•A crack shot with a rifle or a pistol
•A dedicated reader with a prodigious memory
•Has a brilliant command over multiple languages
•A gifted writer in English who has churned out multiple books, one of which was a best seller
•Competent at archaeology, architecture and structural drawings and
•Rides a motorcycle !
The last one was considered more of a superpower during the early 1900’s when this gentleman was alive ...more
My other cavil with this book is that Korda is mostly re ...more
T.E. Lawrence was an expert of medieval castles, and ancient pottery, an archaeologist, a military strategist, the leader of a force of Arabs who helped to turn the tide in World War I, a force and political strategist who helped to define th ...more
Lawrence was very much a hero, as well as many other things. He was a military ...more
Unsurprisingly, the book shines when Lawre ...more
My only small issue is that the whole book is VERY pro Lawrence (as you might imagine from the title) and I sometimes worried that Korda w ...more
It's an outstanding movie, and a grand entertainment, but there was much more to Lawrence.
Lawrence was an accomplished archaeologist, outstanding military strategist and tactician, charismatic leader, linguist, intelligence analyst, craftsman, excellent writer, who combined flamboyance with an utterly private persona and paradoxical reticence.
This is an outstanding biography of a man that you would have thought had had a ...more
Mind you, it shouldn't be too shocking. He was definitely larger than life. And even I didn't know a lot, since I had the impression that he'd died not that long after WWI, well before his actual death in 1935.
He was definitely a fascinating figure, though. Archaeologist ...more
'Hero-The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia', published in 2011, is a seven h ...more
After Lawrence established himself as a successful soldier, we flashback to his beginnings. I really got in ...more
After 100+ pages of this 700+ page, very exhaustive work on T.E.Lawrence, I was losing steam and interest. Glad I read as much as I did, however, other books are calling. Opted not to make any recommendation based on such a partial read.
by Michael Korda, editor at Simon and Schuster. I didn't realize the title Hero was ironic until toward the end. Lawrence, it turns out, was a child who never grew up. He couldn't handle fame, he couldn't handle anything, once he'd become famous in an Arabian Nights Fairy Tale He created himself in the World War l Middle East. I'm beginning to see a pattern emerging here among many famous people like him, from ...more
David Lean's spectacular 1962 movie covers only two of Lawrence's 46 years, namely, the 1916-18 Arab revolt against the Turks that Lawrence was instrumental in advancing. Here, probably imagining that he would pull in the movie's fans, Korda puts those two years at the front of his biography. He then backtracks to fill in the 28 years before, and jumps forward to the 16 years after.
I think that decision was a mistake. Lawrence's actions in the war would have been more comp ...more