{Audiobooks} Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. LawrenceAuthor Jeremy Wilson – Mariahilff.de

The unabridged edition was selected by The New York Times as one of the six best nonfiction books ofNow this critically acclaimed biography abridged by the author offers a portrait of the legendary modern day knight, Arab revolt leader, British secret agent and World War I military geniuspages of photographs


10 thoughts on “Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence

  1. Bill Bill says:

    I suppose, that in one sense, one has to be really interested in T.E Lawrence to enjoy all 915 pages of this massive biography I am, and I did For those interested in a contemporary history of the Revolt in the Desert, I would recommend Scott Anderson s excellent Lawrence in Arabia This biography is devoted to Chapman Lawrence Ross Shaw the man, from beginning to end, and is particularly interesting for its treatment of his later life and work during his post war stints in the R.A.F and the I suppose, that in one sense, one has to be really interested in T.E Lawrence to enjoy all 915 pages of this massive biography I am, and I did For those interested in a contemporary history of the Revolt in the Desert, I would recommend Scott Anderson s excellent Lawrence in Arabia This biography is devoted to Chapman Lawrence Ross Shaw the man, from beginning to end, and is particularly interesting for its treatment of his later life and work during his post war stints in the R.A.F and the tank corps, a part of his life that is typically scanted It was enough to make me decide to pick up copies of Lawrence s account of the his years in training at the R.A.F the Mint and his translation of the Odyssey, generally acclaimed at the time, something to look forward to as the epic is a personal favorite although I know know not a word of Greek perhaps in another life One gets a sense not only of Lawrence s intellectual brilliance, but also of the profound trauma of the war from which he never really recovered and its deformation of his later life Turning the last page leaves one with a sense of Aristotelian tragedy purgation through pity and terror


  2. John Nelson John Nelson says:

    This is an extremely long and thorough biography of T.E Lawrence better known as Lawrence of Arabia The author had access both to Lawrence s private papers as well as the British government s official papers on his exploits, which inexplicably were kept under security seal for 50 years These resources show in the level of detail included in the book and the extensive citations backing it up.The book is less successful in answering what seems to me to be the most interesting question raised This is an extremely long and thorough biography of T.E Lawrence better known as Lawrence of Arabia The author had access both to Lawrence s private papers as well as the British government s official papers on his exploits, which inexplicably were kept under security seal for 50 years These resources show in the level of detail included in the book and the extensive citations backing it up.The book is less successful in answering what seems to me to be the most interesting question raised by Lawrence s life namely, what made his unique psyche tick Even during WWI, Lawrence was regarded as an eccentric, which was not surprising for an officer who thrived on detached duty that allowed him to operate largely as a lone eagle representative of the British army in Arabia Lawrence s divided loyalties caused problems for him at the conference where the former Ottoman Empire was divided after the war The British and French governments had made promises to their Arabian allies which they never intended to keep This duplicity placed Lawrence in a difficult position of divided loyalties between his country and his comrades in arms in the desert campaign It also is evident that the Arab leaders played a double game to some extent, promising action in the desert campaign in return for weapons and other aid, but not always delivering their side of the bargain Lawrence ultimately left or was sent home from the negotiations It is evident that he was disillusioned by this time, but it is less clear, at least to me, whether this disillusionment was based on the particular personalities involved, the inherently amoral character of international power politics, post traumatic stress disorder arising from his wartime experiences which included being sodomized by a Turkish officer after being captured while traveling undercover in the town of Deraa , or some combination of these various causes.After returning to civilian life in England, Lawrence completely jumped the tracks of what he might have been expected to do Lawrence found himself a celebrity on two continents, thanks largely to the efforts of the American journalist Lowell Thomas, and had many attractive possibilities open to him He could have remained in the army, returned to archaeological work in the near East, joined the faculty of any number of British universities, or become a full time author He even was offered a position as Rector of McGill University in Montreal, Canada Instead, he elected to enlist in the Royal Air Force under an assumed name and become an airplane mechanic Lawrence fought tenaciously to join and stay in the RAF despite being over age and having a background which made it uncomfortable for officers, not to mention sergeants, to give him orders Indeed, Lawrence was not above asking his famous and influential friends to pull strings for him in these efforts.The strange thing is that Lawrence apparently disliked many aspects of service as an enlisted man He made no real effort to fit in on one occasion when an officer berated him, Lawrence smarted off by answering in Arabic and did not hide his true identity Lawrence bought a series of high end motorcycles which no airman could have afforded on his service pay and died when he crashed the last of these He found time for publishing and translation projects throughout his time in the RAF, and continued to socialize with political and literary celebrities such as Winston Churchill, Robert Graves, and even Mr and Mrs Thomas Hardy The obvious interpretation of Lawrence s decision to enlist would be that he became disillusioned with the burdens of command, and sought to lose himself in the life of an ordinary soldier As he always kept at least one foot in the life of a literary military political celebrity, however, it seems clear that this interpretation is not valid Even after reading all 1,188 pages of this biography, the true character of T.E Lawrence remains elusive


  3. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    What a life it was he lived a life of real Indiana Johns It was tough, risky, exciting and intriguing.He was multilingual, a passionate intellectual, cunning intelligence agent and brilliant military tactician with multiple times of actual combat experiences.One officer wrote in his notes Though a price of 15,000 has been put on his head by the Turks, no Arab has, as yet, attempted to betray him The Sharif of Mecca has given him the status of one of his sons, and he is just the finely tem What a life it was he lived a life of real Indiana Johns It was tough, risky, exciting and intriguing.He was multilingual, a passionate intellectual, cunning intelligence agent and brilliant military tactician with multiple times of actual combat experiences.One officer wrote in his notes Though a price of 15,000 has been put on his head by the Turks, no Arab has, as yet, attempted to betray him The Sharif of Mecca has given him the status of one of his sons, and he is just the finely tempered steel that supports the whole structure of our influence in Arabia He is a very inspiring gentleman adventurer.By the summer of 1918, the Turks were offering a substantial reward for Lawrence s capture, 20,000 approximately 2.1 million in 2017 dollars or 1.5 million.The archaeologist smokescreen military intelligence missions in the Middle East were crucial for the allies ultimate victory with most of the fuel resources for the Central Powers cut by the British forces.Somehow Thomas Edward Lawrence s been the most famous when it comes to the Arab Revolt against a key Central Power Ottoman Empire during the First World War, but his story tells a lotpeople and their contributions, as a matter of fact someimportant and heavier than Col T E Lawrence s roles in the fields of Near East archaeology, military intelligence and diplomacy during and after the war R Campbell Thompson, Leonard Woolley, Lt Col Stewart Francis Newcombe, Lt Cmdr David G Hogarth, Gertrude Bell, Brig Gen Sir Gilbert Falkingham Clayton and Lt Col High Commissioner Sir Vincent Arthur Henry McMahon among the many.Although their accomplishments in the region don t have to be necessarily considered right things for the world peace as their works then would be the cause of all the bloody and hateful troubles currently going on in the Middle East, they DID take risks of their own lives to serve their country they were doing what they believed were right.Anyways, what distinguishes T E Lawrence from the other members would be his dream of the independent Arab nation, not French or British Mandatory with the new, bizarre boundaries we see today During the closing years of the war, Lawrence sought to convince his superiors in the British government that Arab independence was in their interests, but he met with mixed success The secret Sykes Picot Agreement between France and Britain contradicted the promises of independence that he had made to the Arabs and frustrated his work.This book describes a rare and distinguishing life story quite vivid enough


  4. Stewart Stewart says:

    T.E Lawrence 1888 1935 , best known as Lawrence of Arabia, was an enigmatic and perplexing man who undoubtedly was plagued with intermittent depression and, despite his fame, strong self doubt He had ample opportunity to gain fame and money but was indifferent to both Jermey Wilson s 1989 biography, using letters to and from Lawrence and British Army documents until recently not available, provides an amazing amount of detail to this troubled soul and his unusual life Lawrence was an archa T.E Lawrence 1888 1935 , best known as Lawrence of Arabia, was an enigmatic and perplexing man who undoubtedly was plagued with intermittent depression and, despite his fame, strong self doubt He had ample opportunity to gain fame and money but was indifferent to both Jermey Wilson s 1989 biography, using letters to and from Lawrence and British Army documents until recently not available, provides an amazing amount of detail to this troubled soul and his unusual life Lawrence was an archaeologist in what is now Syria during the early 1910s when World War I broke out, pitting Britain, France, and Russia against Germany, the Austro Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire His fluency in Arabic and his first hand knowledge of the Middle East brought him to the attention of British Army headquarters in Cairo, and he later became an adviser to Emir Faisal and helped lead the Arab Revolt against the Turks when he was only in his late 20s Although his Seven Pillars of Wisdom of 1926, an account of his exploits during World War I, is considered a classic of military history, Lawrence had many doubts about his writing abilities His ancient Greek was good enough that he made a translation of The Odyssey Just a few months after leaving the RAF, where he sought to escape the publicity of his Arabian actions, Lawrence was killed in a motorcycle accident near his Dorset home at the age of 46 Wilson s biography gave me muchdetail about Lawrence s Middle East exploits and the 16 years that followed than the famous David Lean 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia could possibly give But, you know, Peter O Toole does look a bit like T.E Lawrence


  5. Jim Good Jim Good says:

    Details the history of Lawrence of Arabia including his childhood, leading the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, and his time in the air force following the war The biography is exceedingly detailed, but does not draw any conclusions instead relying on the facts and letting the readers draw their own conclusions Interesting details include Lawrence s masochistic behavior paying others to beat him up , his reclusive ness and unwillingness to use his fame following the war, and his insigh Details the history of Lawrence of Arabia including his childhood, leading the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, and his time in the air force following the war The biography is exceedingly detailed, but does not draw any conclusions instead relying on the facts and letting the readers draw their own conclusions Interesting details include Lawrence s masochistic behavior paying others to beat him up , his reclusive ness and unwillingness to use his fame following the war, and his insights into how an ordinary man can have extraordinary impacts on the events around him Lawrence was able to lead the revolt by staying true to the cause of the Arabs against his own personal gain


  6. Jonathan Rodriguez Jonathan Rodriguez says:

    As for harnessing to my go cart the eternal force well,no I pushed my go cart into the eternal stream,and so it went faster than the ones that are pushed cross stream, and so it went faster than the ones that are pushed cross stream or up stream I am still puzzled as to how far the individual counts a lot I fancy, if he pushes the right way T.E Lawrence


  7. Clint Clint says:

    Pretty good, but too long, and the author thinks too highly of himself.


  8. Debra J. Debra J. says:

    Very satisfying in depth look at the real Lawrence of Arabia An amazing man.


  9. Peter Peter says:

    A lengthier account of Lawrence s life in a wider military historical context with a rathertaut narrative bouquet than the subject s autobiographical writing in seven pillars of wisdom, which is recommended to be read first, and in conjuction with James Barr s A Line in the Sand.


  10. John Bohnert John Bohnert says:

    This would have been a much better biography if major editing had eliminated numerous unnecessary details.