Hero

The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

By Michael Korda
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061712623, 762pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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The story of an epic life on a grand scale, Michael Kordas Hero is a gripping, in-depth biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman still famous the world over as Lawrence of Arabia. An Oxford scholar and archaeologist sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916, Lawrence was a born leader, utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain and fatigue. A bold and ruthless warrior, he was the virtual inventor of modern insurgency and guerrilla warfare; a writer of genius who alternately sought and fled the limelight. Korda digs deeper than anyone before him to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory naturefarsighted visionary; diplomat and kingmaker; shy, sensitive, and private man; genius military strategist; arguably the first modern media celebrity . . . and one of its first victims. Hero is the magisterial story of one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern timesthe arch-hero whose life was, at once, a triumph and a sacrifice.




About the Author
Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.
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