A Life in Books: T. E. Lawrence AKA Lawrence of Arabia

Just chatting about the life, books, and adventures of T. E. Lawrence (1888–1935). Lawrence was the young British officer who, during World War I, became “Lawrence of Arabia” – the face, strategist, and de facto leader of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turkish Empire. A complicated person, he battled greatly with conflicted feelings about his personal identity and his role as a “hero” of the British Empire.


  1. I’ve heard his name many times but never looked into his life — or knew what he did, really. I haven’t even seen the Peter O’Toole movie, and I usually hunt those down! Thanks for the ‘considered’ review of these books about his life. 🙂


  2. I have a biography of L of A but have not read it yet, but I am interested in the sort of books he read so this was an interesting video.


  3. Hi again Marian,
    I find T. E. Lawrence one of the most interesting men of “modern” times. He was a very learned man with many languages in his arsenal, that along with his command of battlefield tactics made him especially effective for this time period. I very much relish the era of WWI. Another wonderful post! By the way, I added you to my blog-roll, I hope you won’t mind.


    1. “Most interesting man” is a great way to describe him. Now that I think about it, the Great War era was perhaps one of the last generations who put value in the idea of being proficient in many fields/interests rather than heavily specializing in one.
      Thanks for the feedback (and featuring the blog in your list)! 🙂


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