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A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrenceby John E. Mack
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When this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography first appeared in 1976, it rescued T. E. Lawrence from the mythologizing that had seemed to be his fate. In it, John Mack humanely and objectively explores the relationship between Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions.
Extensive interviews, far-flung correspondence, access to War Office dispatches and unpublished letters provide the basis for Mack's sensitive investigation of the psychiatric dimensions of Lawrence's personality. In addition, Mack examines the pertinent history, politics, and sociology of the time in order to weigh the real forces with which Lawrence contended and which impinged upon him.
"We are not likely to get as thorough and judicious a biography of T. E. Lawrence for some time." New York Times Book Review
"A great book which honors its subject, its form, and its author." Boston Sunday Globe
"Mack's handling of this information is a model of sensitive psychoanalytical expertise." Newsweek
"Takes us closer to the core of Lawrence than any previous biography." Time
1977 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
About the Author
John Mack, M.D., was Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Founding Director of the Center for Psychology and Social Change, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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