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The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

A new biography of the legendary adventurer, who became a living myth.

By Michael Korda Read by Robin Sachs Biographies & Memoirs / History - Other / Nonfiction English, Abridged 14h 10m Sell Sheet Also available on
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16 Audio CDs Tue Jan 18 00:00:00 UTC 2011 29.99 29.99 9781611201024 Add to Cart
							Michael Korda's Hero is the story an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as 'Lawrence of Arabia.' Yet Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather to demystify and reveal the real man as he truly was. Korda analyzes Lawrence's vision for the modern Middle East, plans that might have prevented the current hatred and bloodshed of the region. Ultimately, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life is at once a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

"The strength of Hero lies in its ability to analyze Lawrence's accomplishments and to add something meaningful to the larger body of Lawrence lore...Sagacious and valuable...Korda makes himself a credible authority on some of the most egregious misconceptions that surround Lawrence's story." - The New York Times

Starred Review. "This magisterial biography of British soldier and adventurer T.E. Lawrence celebrates a life spent subverting authority in the most glamorous - and bizarre - ways. Korda's vivid portrait of Lawrence and his warring impulses captures the brilliance and charisma of this fascinating figure." - Publishers Weekly

"British actor Robin Sachs, an outstanding reader of histories...sounds authoritative without seeming pompous, helping to convey Lawrence's complexity and stature." - Library Journal

"T.E. Lawrence is next to impossible to fix on the page. Yet Michael Korda has done so, delivering up a crowded, improbable life in a page-turning biography, every bit as rich as its protean subject. A splendid read." - Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life