Seven Pillars of Wisdom – 2: Opening the Arab Offensive

Previously: Introduction, Book I Soldiers in the Arab Army during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918, carrying the Arab Flag of the ArabRevolt and pictured in the Arabian Desert. Against his adamant protests and self-doubt, Lawrence is sent back to Arabia by his superior officer, General Clayton, who believes the bookish journalist-cartographer will be an excellent […]

Seven Pillars of Wisdom – 1: The Discovery of Feisal

Previously: Introduction Left to right: Rustum Haidar, Nuri as-Said, Prince Faisal (front), Captain Pisani (rear), T. E. Lawrence,Faisal’s slave (name unknown), Captain Hassan Khadri I had believed these misfortunes of the Revolt to be due mainly to faulty leadership, or rather to the lack of leadership, Arab and English.ย  So I went down to Arabia […]

Seven Pillars of Wisdom – The Foundations of Arab Revolt

map by T. E. Lawrence What draws you into Lawrence’s narrative from the start is its setting.ย  As Westerners, we often view history in a binary perspective.ย  There is the past – epitomized frequently in our culture by the World Wars, and the still living generations who remember them – and there is the present, […]

New Releases to the Public Domain

Another year, another round of books leaving copyright! Check out the list here. Most notable (to me) is Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence. I wrote an eight-part review series on it a while ago. I’d like to think Ned would be pleased it’s now more widely accessible; hopefully more people will learn […]