Just finished this amazing book. Insightful, thoughtful descriptions of his companions, and how they achieved their goals. Lawrence truly struggled with his role in nation building, knowing that the Great Powers would never allow true independence.
Beautifully written, fascinating story of Lawrence's two years in the Middle East serving the Arabs to create their own nation while struggling with his English nation's conniving.
A careful slow read is needed to appreciate his extraordinary perception of the characters about him, his clarity to wage a fluid war to suit the desert and the tribal temperament different and the depth of description for the natural desert surroundings. 9/10
No, Lawrence did not hit a hay cart. He swerved to avoid two young boys on bicycles who had been hidden from his view by a dip in the road. He was going too fast and was thrown off the cycle, flew and hit his head. He lingered for a few days.
The first time I read this book was many, many years ago, but I never forgot it. I also watched the 1960’s movie—more than once on TV and once during a special screening in Brazil, after it had been restored; the desert scenes are absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking. Nevertheless, the movie took many liberties and left off many interesting parts of his campaigns. Lawrence’s book is very technical, has lots of details about his campaigns, so if you are not into war history, this is not the book for you; watch the movie instead.
that's the typical response,keogh, from someone who hasn't researched an issue to someone who has (donkeyhote). if donkeyhote is a conspiracy theorist, then you are a conspiracy fearist, i.e.
you don't have the courage to seriously look into these various matters. the world is not stranger that you imagine my friend, the world is stranger than you CAN imagine, and remember, condemnation to any idea or theory prior to investigation is one of the highest forms of ignorance.
Lawrence of Arabia was an intelligence agent. After he did his work he met with a bizarr accident: he went on a motorcycle on a country road suddenly a hay cart pulled out in front of him - he hit it and died. Maybe he knew too much. The game of politics and hay carts are ruthless.
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