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ISBN13: 9780385418959
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In his classic book, T.E. Lawrence—forever known as Lawrence of Arabia—recounts his role in the origin of the modern Arab world. At first a shy Oxford scholar and archaeologist with a facility for languages, he joined and went on to lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks while the rest of the world was enmeshed in World War I. With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensible primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the  liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.

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"The revolt in Arabia against the Turks, as it appeared to an Englishman who took part. Round this tentpole of a military chronicle T.E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams" E.M. Forster, from the Readers Catalog

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The monumental work that assured T.E. Lawrence's place in history as "Lawrence of Arabia." Not only a consummate military history, but also a colorful epic and a lyrical exploration of the mind of a great man who helped shape the Middle East as it exists today.

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Sheila Deeth, November 21, 2013 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
When one man killed another in an argument, the whole alliance could have fallen apart. Blood calls for blood, and Laurence is assigned the role of executioner. How primitive, we might think today, calling for juried trials and appeals and delays. But to Lawrence, it’s an event that happened, a purpose that required action, so death was dealt.

In another chapter the author muses on the mathematical, biological and psychological impetus for war. I find myself wondering where our emphasis is placed, and whether our battle lines aren’t missing some vital ingredients.

As a meeting approaches, Lawrence deliberately doesn’t tell Feisal that someone is a politician, and I laugh.

Filled with vivid descriptions of land, people, and life, and filled equally with war, Lawrence’s Seven Pillars is written in readably short chapters, with scenes bright and dark, offering visual counterpoint to tactics and analysis. There is history here, and mystery. There are oversimplified suggestions of the Semetic mind, paired with French intrigue, then Christian folly. There’s an honest reflection that peoples are not all the same, not in thought, word or interpretation.

For myself, I was surprised how often Lawrence was ill, and yet functioned, worked and thought. I find myself admiring him, not as the star of a movie, but as a real man, eating camel meat, thanking friends, enjoying the breath of life. I love the pictures too, of other real people from a culture I still cannot claim to know. Perhaps I even enjoy their company vicariously. Battle plans stop for coffee or calls of nature, knives are sharp, and lies are sharper.

Seven Pillars is a long book (660 close-written pages in my version), and a leisurely read. I enjoyed its leisure and was sorry at its ending. It almost seems a tale unfinished, like life, where history tells the next and the page is unwrit. The subtitle is “A Triumph” but I wonder what the author meant by it--but perhaps real triumph lies not in victory but in human relationships.

Disclosure: We read this in our book group.
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tacomawhite, May 22, 2008 (view all comments by tacomawhite)
This is an outstanding personal account of T.E. Lawrence (also known as "Lawrence of Arabia") adventures in the Middle East during the Great War. His intimate journal not only describes his life and death challenges of organizing the multitude of Arab tribes to fight for the defeat of the Turks in order to gain an English foothold in the Middle East. But he includes his unique impression of the beginnings of English Imperialism over the region. If you're a political junkie and want a first source take on the birth of the Middle East conflict then you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. Lawrence contrasts the differences between the East and West attitudes on sex, family but especially the place of religion and God in both cultures. This is an important take on theses subjects in light of todays debate between the difference of Eastern and Western societies. With all this said this isn't a history book but a personal diary filled with a revealing account of his controversial rape after his capture by the Turks, and his shadowed statements on his homosexual experiences while "embedded" with the warring tribes. T. E. Lawrence reveals himself as a sensitive man who is struggling to find his identity as an Englishman who doesn't want to fit into the stereotype image of western stoicism and sexual prudism that is representative of the Victorian period.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385418959
Author:
Lawrence, T. E.
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Arabs
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
Bedouins
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Arabian peninsula
Subject:
Middle East - Saudi Arabia
Subject:
Wahhåabåiyah.
Subject:
Arabian Peninsula Social life and customs.
Subject:
Lawrence, T. E
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
history;middle east;autobiography;biography;memoir;wwi;arabia;non-fiction;war;lawrence of arabia;military history;military;fiction;travel;20th century;literature;saudi arabia;arabs;arab revolt;british;islam;lawrence;adventure;ottoman empire;classic;philos
Subject:
history;middle east;autobiography;biography;memoir;wwi;arabia;non-fiction;war;lawrence of arabia;military history;military;fiction;travel;20th century;literature;saudi arabia;arabs;arab revolt;british;islam;lawrence;adventure;ottoman empire;classic;philos
Subject:
history;middle east;autobiography;biography;memoir;wwi;arabia;non-fiction;war;lawrence of arabia;military history;military;fiction;travel;20th century;literature;saudi arabia;arabs;arab revolt;british;islam;lawrence;adventure;ottoman empire;classic;philos
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
19910631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 ILLUSTRATIONS; 4 MAPS
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.7 in 1.25 lb

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Product details 784 pages Anchor Books,1991. - English 9780385418959 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The revolt in Arabia against the Turks, as it appeared to an Englishman who took part. Round this tentpole of a military chronicle T.E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams"
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"Synopsis" by , The monumental work that assured T.E. Lawrence's place in history as "Lawrence of Arabia." Not only a consummate military history, but also a colorful epic and a lyrical exploration of the mind of a great man who helped shape the Middle East as it exists today.
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