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The life of Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), or "Lawrence of Arabia," has assumed mythic proportions. A popular hero for his role in the 1916 Arab rebellion against Turkish rule, he has been hailed as a sensitive genius drawn into the mayhem of war and denounced as a fraud and imperialist agent who—on behalf of the British government—used his position as a British Army officer to double-cross his Arab allies. This revealing biography, illustrated with over seventy rare photos, recounts Lawrence's extraordinary life and probes his complex personality, detailing his celebrity and his relentless attempts to elude it, maneuverings that ended with his fatal motorcycle crash.
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Michael Yardley spent three years traveling all over the world in search of the truth about T. E. Lawrence. His articles have appeared in the Times (London), the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, and other prominent periodicals. He lives in London, England.From Publishers Weekly:
"T. E. Lawrence lies buried in a pyramid of half-truths," observes Yardley at the start of a crisp and interesting, albeit somewhat tentative, biography whose principal aim is to separate the media-created legend (initiated by Lowell Thomas) from the real man. With the aid of considerable new source material, Yardley, a British journalist, is able to confirm the opinion now generally received that Lawrence was not simply desert hero, neurotic show-off or cynical spy more interested in furthering British imperialism than the Arab cause, but a complex mix of all three. He illumines but does little to analyze Lawrence's tortuous psychological terrainhis obsession with his illegitimacy, death and his sexual defilement at the hands of the Turks; his lust for self-punishment (analysis of which was brilliantly undertaken by John Mack in A Prince of Our Disorderyet he guides us toward a clearer perception of how Lawrence's legend arose and how he sought, unsuccessfully, to escape it by changing his name and plunging into the ranks of the RAF. Photos.
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Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000067329
Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0815410549
Book Description Cooper Square Publishers, Incorporated, Lanham, MD, U.S.A., 2000. Soft Cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 267 pages, b&w photos. Out of print. Seller Inventory # 310163