Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Anderson, Scott

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lawrence in Arabia : War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385532921
Branch Call Number: 940.415 LAWRE ANDER


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Jan 02, 2015
  • Christie22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. Thoroughly researched and a great bibliography! I now have a must-read list of 12 books from this bibliography alone. Very well written which is a treat now a days! It covers more than just Lawrence's life but all the other players during this period as well without making it confusing. Anderson does provide a very balanced view of Lawrence without vilifying him or making him out to be more of a hero than he was. Highly recommended and I'm a bit sorry that the book had to end.

Nov 08, 2014
  • louarnold rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is fine for the amateur historian who loves excruciating detail. I got lost in it and put it down about half way through. If you want a summary, see the movie. From the table of contents, I don't see a useful statement about why Arabia is or behaves the way it does, although that information might be gleaned from the book overall. But the book is unlikely to shed light on how the Arabs should be engaged in the modern world.

A must read for any student of Middle Eastern history. The story of T.E. Lawrence is a fascinating look at a pivotal place and time in history in which events were set in motion that continue to have impact today. Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for 2014.

Jan 06, 2014
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very well written book. Many of us know WWI history from the European western front standpoint, but don't have a grasp of what transpired in the Middle East during WWI. I found it well written and thoroughly researched. I was intrigued with how he described how the Western mentality of handling the Middle East carries through to today, numerous wars later.

Oct 15, 2013

"British Army officer T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) was the dazzling focus of the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O'Toole. In Lawrence in Arabia biographer Scott Anderson provides a more sober, though still engaging, portrait of the young man who supported the Arab revolt against Ottoman rule and helped to align the rebels with the British and their allies during World War I." Biography and Memoir October 2013 newsletter

Sep 29, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dense with information (a slow, but great read), well researched, and well written. It is not just fascinating story of Lawrence, but also the story of the WWI folly, the role of allies in the Middle East; and, ultimately, tragic redrawing of the Middle East map.

Sep 08, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Naaaah. . Michael Korda's "Hero" is still the best book ever on Lawrence!


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