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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156924989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569249895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Mr. Graves] has done his job admirably and without any too obvious excesses of hero worship. --New Statesman

[Readers] will consult Mr. Graves for information about this man. --New Republic

Intersting and informative. --New York Herald Tribune Books

As a combination of history, biography, and the research of a bibliophile, it forms an amazingly human tale. --Boston Transcript --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
T.E. Lawrence, of Arabia, was by turns a very interesting and a very unusual man. He often was what used to be called queer, before it took on the meaning of homosexuality (though Lawrence *may* have been that, too), and expressed himself in the most strange ways. He was trained as an archaeologist before the First World War, and spent some time in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire (in what was to become Syria) and learned the language and customs of the locals. When the war started he joined the British army and spent two years working in the intelligence branch in Cairo; in 1916 he was sent to Arabia to evaluate the chances the British had of instigating a revolt among the locals, who would fight against the Turks (who were themselves fighting the British at the time). This evaluation mission evolved to the point that Lawrence was the British liaison to the local Arab prince who led the rebels, one of the Sharif of Mecca's sons, known as Feisal. Gradually Lawrence supplanted Feisal in terms of military leadership, and eventually the Arab revolt was pretty much all Lawrence, at least militarily...though Lawrence would never have acknowledged this, and probably would have argued with the statement had it been made in his presence.

The current book, by Robert Graves, has an interesting pedigree of its own. Graves is one of the premiere British literary figures of the 20th Century, writing everything from novels (I, Claudius) to compilations of mythology (The Greek Myths) to a war memoir (Goodbye to all That) with all of these books regarded as classics in their respective fields. Lawrence and the Arabs doesn't have the same reputation for excellence: Graves wrote it hastily in a few months in 1927, at the request of Lawrence's publisher.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mona James on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Very Interesting book for those avid readers interested in the few years before and after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The book shows how England decieved the Arabs by making false promises of independence once the Arabs completed thier revolt against the Ottomans. Arabs ended up with British and French mandates instead. Lawrence was himself betrayed by his own government. The book gives a lot of detail on the daily life of bedouins, so some might find it interesting. The author should have dealt more with Lawrence's view of Zionism and the Balfour declaration and British policies in the region.
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By Tulipano on March 22, 2014
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While listening everyday to the news about the horrors in Syria as well as uprisings from Tunisia to Egypt,
I also listened to this unabridged audiobook......it helps to explain the situation in the Middle East
today.....certainly Lawrence was a fascinating and unique individual, the right person at the right
time. And I enjoyed reading another well-written book by Robert Graves, one of my favorite authors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By larryG on October 9, 2013
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Magnificent between Graves and T.E. Lawrence....So detailed. How did Lawrence and Faisal do it! Lowell Thomas certainly took poetic license with this story in his book and movie "Lawrence of Arabia." Not available at Amazon anymore. I got the last copy formerly in the Library collection of Reading U.K.Reprints noted Nov 1927>>>Feb 1935...My copy is a reissue in Florin books Feb 1934. Well drawn out of library. First edition? No editions listed. Just reprints & reissue. Would not part with it for a million!
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