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
I found the author was a joy to read and presented La...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
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
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 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.
Michael Korda's biography of TE Lawrence is well written and goes into substantial detail on the major periods that influenced Lawrence prior to his involvement in the Arab Revolt. Notably, he also addresses the posthumous fame afforded 'Lawrence of Arabia', a caricature of the actual man and his various strengths and failings.
All in, I found it to be an exceedingly good book on the subject, with a good balance of detail and high level discussion of relevant topi...more
By far, this is the most thorough and complete of the biographies as well. The author went to the trouble of extensive research to confirm or deny events in Lawrence's life using sources outside Lawrence's own writing as well as family interviews and personal correspondence. Of particular note is the fact that this biography utilized access to mate...more
Many years ago, after seeing the movie when it was first released, I read Lawrence's own account of his part in the revolt - "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". It was a wonderful experience. Then, abou...more
I was 13 when David Lean's epic film "Lawrence of Arabia" debuted. I didn't actually see the film right away because I lived in a small town with no movie theater-only a drive-in where teens didn't actually watch the films. I really don't even remember when I saw the film first and, caring very little about world history at the time, I was not aware that T. E. Lawrence was a real person.
My love of history came much later when I lived for 3 years in Europe where history more or...more
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
T.E. Lawrence was the illegitimate son of an Irish landowner who ran off with the family governess, Sarah Lawrence. They settled in Oxford, England using her name and brought up five sons, Thomas Edward being the second. From the start his mother had a difficult time accepting t...more