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Lawrence of Arabia - A Biographical Enquiry…

Lawrence of Arabia - A Biographical Enquiry

by Richard Aldington

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Wonderful exposition of the hero of the "Arab Revolt". Aldington apparently won little admiration for this thoroughly researched attack on the self serving and self obsessed Lawrence.
Lawrence was driven to lying, self promotion and to attaching an unwarranted worth to his exploits, literary and military. Aldington has written a splendid, critical account of this sad and puerile life, laying particular emphasis on the unverifiable nature of Lawrence's experiences. The Arabian campaign was a side show and Lawrence's idea of a unified Arabian kingdom was infantile, given the tribal rivalries.

This is a neglected book and should be read as a foreword or afterword to the overblown and pretentious "Seven Pillars of Widom", subtitled, typically, "A Triumph".
Most telling are the recollections of British military personnel who encountered Lawrence during World War I and during his enlistment in the ranks of the R.A.F. afterwards. The lasting impression is that he was a prig and a pest.
  ivanfranko | Dec 10, 2009 |
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The facts recorded of T. E. Lawrence's parentage and upbringing are scattered and fragmentary, and the task of tracking them down, and fitting them into some order, is complicated and delicate.
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