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LAWRENCE IN ARABIA is Scott Anderson’s stirring historical/biographical narrative regarding this near-mythical figure in world history. T. E. Lawrence emerges from his too good to be true image (depending on whose perspective of course) with depth, determination and a wry slyness previously unknown—apparently Anderson offers the most clear-eyed view of Lawrence to date.
Anderson asks in his introduction, “How did a painfully shy Oxford archaeologist without a single day of military training become the battlefield commander of a foreign revolutionary army, the political master strategist who foretold so many of the Middle Eastern calamities to come?”
The answer, he says, is “…because no one was paying attention.”
If the various and sundry military and non-military actions surrounding WW I hadn’t been in such complete disarray most of the time, some incompetent general surely would have brain-washed or beaten Lawrence into submission or gotten him off the playing field altogether. Such…
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