Clarity was hard to find, and so, after such wanton loss of life, were victors. But heroes were needed, and here was a shoo-in. According to the book, 'Lawrence was able to become ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ because no one was paying much attention.'
That does not make Mr. Anderson’s account a debunking. For those already fascinated by Lawrence’s exploits and familiar with his written accounts of them, Mr. Anderson’s thoughtful, big-picture version only enriches the story it tells. 'Lawrence in Arabia' emphasizes the Gordian difficulties facing any strategist from any of the numerous contingents involved either in fighting for Arab freedom from the Ottoman Empire or looking to carve up Arab land once the fighting was over.”
|Oxford-educated archaeologist-turned-British-army-officer T.E. Lawrence immersed himself in the culture of Bedouin tribes in the Arabian Peninsula, eventually playing a crucial role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks in World War I.|
Read an excerpt from Lawrence in Arabia below.