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Lawrence of Arabia (World Landmarks Series)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  296 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Colorful characters, a larger-than-life hero, stirring battles, death-defying desert treks, and an adventure rich in mystery and romance, are all depicted by a great writer. That and more is what readers will find in this spellbinding biography of Lawrence of Arabia that is impossible to put down. Bestselling author and screenwriter Alistair MacLean follows Lawrence as he
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by Sterling Publishing (first published 1962)
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Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
(***1/2) Finished reading this with my kids, but I probably enjoyed it the most. It was a fun introduction to Lawrence of Arabia written by Alstair MacLean in 1962. It focuses on the role that T.E. Lawrence played in the Arab Revolt during WWI. There is just enough wind-up with his early life, character, etc., and the history/geography of Arabia to insure the thrust of MacLean's small biography doesn't lose nonserious readers in a desert of Arab ignorance. But the book's real brilliance is in Ma ...more
Matthew Macdougall
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars not absolutely for how well this is written but just how the story of one person truly doing so much can hit. The version I read was older and illustrated by Gil Waters and I felt that the sketches really added to atomespehere of the book.

Also this doesn't take much longer to read then it does to watch the movie, possibly quicker.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Blue notes over Azraq*

"In the evening when we had shut-to the gate, all guests would assemble … and coffee and stories would go round until the last meal, and after it, till sleep came. On stormy nights, we brought in brushwood and dung and lit a great fire in the middle of the floor. About it would be drawn the carpets and saddle-sheepskins, and in its light we would tell over our own battles, or hear the visitors’ traditions. The leaping flames chased our smoke-ruffled shadows strangely about
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-keep
This is a lot easier to read than I expected. This edition is a Landmark history series book, intended for young adult or middle school audiences, I think. I really learned a lot from it. I had seen the movie, but the book, even as basic as this version of the story is, filled in a lot of detail. It was in a very readable style and I will encourage my children to read it, too.
Glenn Pearson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and learning about a very interesting person- my only complaint was it was too long for me - i am a slow reader and there was more detail than I needed
Ponsius Odaga
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great story perfect for reading to children but interesting to adults with an interest in WWI and military figures
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars: Lawrence of Arabia reminds me of my husband.
Eric Weisenhorn
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I had no idea who this man was and the history of the middle east when I picked up this book. I read it because I read quite a few Alistair MacLean novels as a teenager and really like him as an author. I found this book on the exchange shelf at a beach rental property and picked it up to read while basking on the Outer Banks of NC. Wow, what a guy, this Lawrence of Arabia! This account unintentionally helps explain some of the issues in the middle east, how many of these countries came to be an ...more
Isadora Raven
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand why people are reviewing this book as inappropriate for kids. Maybe not for small children, of course, but I would give it to a middle- or high schooler. It's about as G-rated a biography of Lawrence as I've ever read, though there's no way to sugar-coat the horrors of warfare, and the book doesn't try to. That may be the objection, but I disagree with it. This is a good introduction both to Lawrence and to the Arab Revolt, and will give interested kids (or adults) a basis for ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it

939 pgs

Thomas Edward (Chapman) Lawrence - the leader of the Arab revolt against the Turks

I finally finished Lawrence of Arabia! What an extrodinary life! One of 5 brothers whose life gets entangled with WWI. He began his career as an archeologist in Syria, but he changed with the changing events of the world. He was a liguist, a spy,a military leader, a lover of books and classical music, a writer, a mechanic,a photographer, a genius and a private man. he wanted to be remembered as a man of le
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
who Arab who not, Mt Lebanon snow all summer, Bedouin nomads, fat hump camels no swet, TE Lawrence studied castles and wars 37 crusader castles in Syria, fear of Syrians and Turkish overlords left over from Ottoman Empire, Berlin Baghdad RR, strength of Turkish garrisons, leadership of trust and confidence, focus on Turks in Palestine, 1917, 700 mile Hijaz RR 700 mile by Germans to Medina, greatest day took Jerusalem, Prince Faisal, unpredictable attacks kept Turks on edge within garrisons, prep ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Biography of British WWI hero who fought against Turkey and Germany for Arabian independence. He was a tough Brit who got on well with Arabs at a time when Britian, France, India, and Turkey were colonizing. Eventually he saw France hold Syria, the UK hold Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but Iraq became the Arab's country.
Gowrish Vaka
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This book taught me a lot about T.E Lawrence and what he did during the Arabian campaign of World War 1. Without him we might of not won World War 1. And the Arabs we till be suppressed underneath the Turks. So lawrence is pretty important in history. And i learned a bunch of stuff about him. So this is a really good book and i recommend it to any one learning about World War 1.
Carl Phillips
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was a quick read and gave me a much better understanding of the middle east -- how the Arabs overthrew the Turks and gained their independence. It also gave me a better understanding of who Lawrence of Arabia was -- he wasn't just a movie character, he was an Englishman, a real person who played a key role in the history of the current middle east.
Susan Jo Grassi
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like most of us, I had seen the movie Lawrence of Arabia. I had not, however, read very much about T. E. Lawrence until I decided to read Alistair MacLean's biography. As always, Mr. MacLean penned an outstanding, yet concise, portrayal of the man and his exploits.
S.B. Niccum
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
My son just finished this one and he loved it! I'm reading it now and I can tell already it's a great history of the man. Perfect for kids and any adult who would like to start on the subject slowly.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this on the flight home from Denver last week. I wanted a quick overview of this man's accomplishments (knew relatively nothing about him). Having read this brief biography, I now have placed on my mental "to read" list his book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom".
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was a short summary compared to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom - which I intend to read eventually. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to go a little further than what the movie showed.
Massimo  Gioffre
Very interesting.
Myrna Hartenberger
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading of the middle east and the first WW in this story of Lawrence
Sep 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for young children!
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short biography of Lawrence of Arabia.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oblock
Fascinating life story
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
A nice, albeit elementary, summary of the exploiters of Lawrence of Arabia.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Pretty amazing man and stories from WWI
Jalon Fowler
hmm, i have my doubts about the validity.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, quick biography, along with history in the "near East" during World War 1.
Richard Carbajal
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Careful you may like this epic. I did.
Ron Liversage
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Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain), the son of a Scots Minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. After the war he gained an English Honour ...more
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“Tallal, Lawrence relates, gave a moan like a hurt animal. Then he rode off to higher ground and remained there for some moments, shivering violently and staring after the retreating Turks. Lawrence moved to speak with him, but Auda caught his rein and stopped him. In one blow, in one moment, Tallal had lost every person in the world who mattered to him. and the older Auda, wiser in this matter than lawrence, realized that Tallal now had nothing left to live for.” 0 likes
“At various times during the 1950's and 1960's attempts were made by leaders in Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria to unite as a single Arab nation, but due to the famous independent streak ingrained in the Arab personality, nothing came of those efforts. In fact, the Middle East has suffered from numerous uprisings, wars, and violent revolutions since the end of World War I right up to the present day.” 0 likes
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