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 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
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
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
My other cavil with this book is that Korda is mostly re ...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
After Lawrence established himself as a successful soldier, we flashback to his beginnings. I really got in ...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 was quite the excellent read and dove into the subject of T.E. Lawrence exceptionally well. It definitely does fulfill its purpose as a biography entailing Lawrence’s entire life. From other books I have read on this topic it is clear that the material covered is very accurate. Korda presents an impressive amount of research in this work, as evidenced by his extensive bibliography. Many of the ...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
The writing wasn't overly verbose in style compared to some historical biographies, but at the same time, it wasn't simplistic, either. So even though it was a somewhat fast read, the sheer volume of writing created a daunting task.
The information in the first half of the book was the most interesting. That half of the book covered Lawrence's life from birth through WWI. I would honestly suggest that a casua ...more
What really captured me was the focus Korda has brought to the long-lasting consequences of Lawrence's leadership ...more