T E Lawrence in War and Peace, The Military Writings of Lawrence of Arabia, An anthology

B2235

Lawrence of Arabia has been much written about and is still an enigma. This anthology is ably presented and sensitively edited. The result is a body of text, with rare illustrations, that compliments other works, particularly the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. The secret and supplementary despatches offer up fresh perspectives. The story of Lawrence comes into fashion and then fades again, currently being in a fashionable period. This anthology will not only appeal to those interested in T E Lawrence but also those with interests in the history and development of the Middle East with its many contradictions and threats. An interesting presentation.

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NAME: T E Lawrence in War and Peace, The Military Writings of Lawrence of Arabia, An anthology
DATE: 150915
FILE: R2235
AUTHOR: T E Lawrence, editor & presenter Malcolm Brown
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 320
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Middle East, Turkey, Ottoman Empire, Arabs, The Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, desert warfare, fall of empire
ISBN: 978-1-84832-802-0
IMAGE: B2235.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Lawrence of Arabia has been much written about and is still an enigma. This anthology is ably presented and sensitively edited. The result is a body of text, with rare illustrations, that compliments other works, particularly the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. The secret and supplementary despatches offer up fresh perspectives. The story of Lawrence comes into fashion and then fades again, currently being in a fashionable period. This anthology will not only appeal to those interested in T E Lawrence but also those with interests in the history and development of the Middle East with its many contradictions and threats. An interesting presentation.

For some unexplained reason, Britons have gone to the Middle East and fallen deeply in love with the area, the people, the history. Lawrence was one of these people and he arrived at a time and place that were perfectly matched, Cometh the time, cometh the man. He was innocent, naive, knowledgeable, worldly wise, and that may go some way to explaining why he is a mystery. He was a shy and private person who courted publicity and was pleased with the attention of journalists who built his image. He was a brilliant tactician, He motivated Arabs and led them towards a future, which they may have deserved, but which Europe was unimpressed with when the time came to clear up after the ending of WWI.

This man of contradictions left a legacy that continued through the last ninety years. He was unable to promote the cause of the Arabs in the way that his contemporary, Pasha Wingate, was able to achieve for Egypt. In war, Lawrence was triumphant, in the initial peace he was inadequate to the task of supporting his comrades and keeping them together. Then he changed direction and became an obscure RAF Aircraftman. Even his death has produced controversy and thoughts of conspiracy. Some have suggested foul play on the flimsiest of evidence, others have believed that he killed himself because he was unable to produce a life that satisfied him, and yet the evidence suggests that he probably died from an accident that resulted from a recklessness that had been part of his life since boyhood.

This anthology may not lay to rest the ghosts and it will not provide a full conclusion, but it will present information that will assist in fresh consideration by the reader. It is a very worthwhile book.