Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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Click for availability and more information Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia , by Michael Korda
 
The complex and hotly-debated topics related to the involvement of the United States in Middle Eastern affairs have been a fixture of American political discussions for years. Anyone who wants more knowledge and insight into the Middle East will gain greatly from reading Michael Korda's newest work, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia as he is now known as, was one of the most terrifically charismatic figures who shaped early Twentieth Century Middle Eastern history. Lawrence's vital role in organizing and arming Arab armies against the Turkish Ottoman Empire during the First World War was key in defeating the Turks and promoting an Arab identity in the early years of the Twentieth Century. He continued to champion the cause of Middle Eastern countries remaining free of European involvement after the war at various peace conferences that were held by the victors of the war to determine the political future of the Middle East. Korda's skillful and engaging writing style makes his life of Lawrence vividly come alive. He has reconstructed the desert battles with obvious care and meticulous research. Certainly this subject is filled with complicated politics and figures both Middle Eastern and European. Yet, Korda's book is a clearly understandable and engaging reading experience. For those who have never seen, or wish to watch this classic again, the much-lauded movie Lawrence of Arabia is available at the Greenwich Library. Equally, Lawrence's own book about his war years, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, to which Korda frequently refers, is also in the Library's collection.
-Roy

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