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.