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Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
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Dec 08, 11

An entertaining read for the most part, it did kind of drag on, and Lawrence could have cut down on the book by about half though if he would have chilled out a bit with the glowing descriptions of yet another desert landscape, but hey, I guess he wouldn't be Lawrence of Arabia if he didn't like the desert.

In case anyone is wondering, the movie is fairly inaccurate in comparison to the book (lots of creative liberties on the part of the filmmakers), which probably isn't a huge deal since according to most historians, the books is fairly inaccurate in comparison to reality (lots of creative liberties taken on the part of Lawrence. Historian David Fromkin writes that "Lawrence possessed many virtues but honesty was not among them; he passed off his fantasies for truth.").

Best and most hilarious quote of the book by far was the description of now present day Saudi Arabia as "weak in material resources, and even after success would be, since their world was agricultural and pastoral."
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