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With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas
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With Lawrence in Arabia (1924)

by Lowell Thomas

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At first this book struck me as hero worship, but the further I read, I realized that Lowell Thomas was reporting events, and there was no getting around the super-nature of T. E. Lawrence and his accomplishments. Lowell's style of journalism is a bit flowery, as was usual in his time. Though some of his opinions seem harsh, that is how the Arabs and other races were perceived. He does a nice job of reporting facts and events, analyzing the significance of them and helping the reader to perceive the truth, whether it is flattering, harsh or beautiful. At times I was horrified by the nature of the Arabs and their ways, then, in the next chapter I would be moved to awe by their courage, stamina or philosophies. Lowell also tells about the other British soldiers who were in Arabia at the time helping to fight Turkey. A very interesting read, it was nice to have seen the movie, which seems to illustrate this book so well. ( )
  MrsLee | Jun 29, 2008 |
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Chase, H.A.Photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knightley, PhillipIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY. In 1918, as the First World War ravaged the European continent, young American journalist Lowell Thomas traveled to the Ottoman Empire to report on the revolts breaking out as an indirect result of the savage European conflict. While in Jerusalem, he met and struck up a friendship with the infamous young British captain, T.E. Lawrence. Based on his travels and interviews with Lawrence, Thomas wrote the now classic With Lawrence in Arabia, the book that spawned the Lawrence of Arabia legend and served as the basis for the award-winning 1961 film of the same name. Fantastically paced with equal measures of fact and adventure, Thomas narrates the exploits of the infamous British agent who against all odds managed to join several factious Arabian tribes into a single combat unit. With Lawrence in command, this guerilla force would go on to defeat the great Turkish Army and ensure the eventual demise of the previously impenetrable Ottoman Empire.… (more)

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