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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolt in the Desert
How can you give only a four star rating to a piece of first hand historical evidence? After all the author was also the man that helped lead and coordinate the arab revolt.
Any student of Lawrence will be able to tell you that the version of 'Revolt in the Desert' that finally reached the public was a heavily censored sanitised version of what really happened...
Published on June 10, 2000 by Dan Elliot

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3.0 out of 5 stars On Revolt in the Desert
This text is an unnecessary abridgment of one of the most compelling and beautifully written non-fiction works of the 20th century, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While fans and collectors of Lawrence's work may find the book of interest, new readers should disregard this text and direct their attention to Seven Pillars of Wisdom post-haste.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revolt in the Desert, June 10, 2000
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Dan Elliot (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
How can you give only a four star rating to a piece of first hand historical evidence? After all the author was also the man that helped lead and coordinate the arab revolt.
Any student of Lawrence will be able to tell you that the version of 'Revolt in the Desert' that finally reached the public was a heavily censored sanitised version of what really happened. Lawrence himself has been reported by contemporary sources as having burnt the first couple of drafts due to some of the content (potential references to Lawrences ambiguous sexuality, alleged atrocities carried out by sections of the arab army on Turkish POWs etc. Lawrence was also a self confessed - and reported as - a line shooter). All this said if you've read official military histories of this period and know a bit about Lawrence then this book will help you get the feel of sand in your boots. A good piece of source material or a rattling good adventure yarn but you would do well to keep in the back of your mind who wrote this and when it was written.
Enjoy, a rare treat to read a campaign history by one who was there and writes with the flair of an academic as opposed to a soldier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Meant For Publication & Mass Distribution!, November 15, 2005
This review is from: Revolt in the Desert (Hardcover)
In 1919 A.D., author T.E. Lawrence wrote out in a 400,000 word book "the whole bitter account of his adventure (in Arabia) and of his disappointment over the conclusion which the Peace Conference seemed to put to it." Lawrence left that manuscript replete with notes and many photographs in a handbag at the Reading railway station which was then stolen from that location. Lawrence tried to recount what he had wrote, but he never intended it for publication. Later, he had it printed on a newspaper press in Oxford, in an edition limited characteristically to eight copies, of which three, were afterward destroyed.

This book is the descendant in furtherance of Lawrence's re-written book, which he himself was never quite satisfied with. It stands as a purely personal record of his account in Arabia.

At the end of his Arabian exploits Lawrence, only 28 years of age, found himself in danger of being politely eliminated as an "upstart," while other men ruined the plans for which he was largely responsible. He recounts (as he planned to re-enter Arabia to aid Feisal):

"Storrs and I then marched off together, happily. In the East they swore that by three sides was the decent way across a square; and my trick to escape was in this sense oriental. But I justified myself by my confidence in the final success of the Arab revolt if properly advised. I had been a mover in its beginning; my hopes lay in it. The fatalistic subordination of a professional soldier (intrigue being unknown in the British army) would have made a proper officer sit down and watch his plan of campaign wrecked by men who thought nothing of it, and to whose spirit it made no appeal. Non nobis, Domine."

This review applies to the original 1927 A.D. edition of "Revolt In The Desert" as the first printing in America by the George H. Doran Company in New York City, NY.

The strange and still mysterious figure of T.E. Lawrence has become legend and has attained nearly cult icon status. Although somewhat different than that which was promoted by the 1962 David Lean movie "Lawrence of Arabia;" "Revolt In The Desert" is a fantastic first person account of an important part of English history which has has substantially affected the United States and the world.

Without hesitation or reservation. 5 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On Revolt in the Desert, February 9, 2009
This review is from: Revolt in the Desert (Recollections of the Great War) (Paperback)
This text is an unnecessary abridgment of one of the most compelling and beautifully written non-fiction works of the 20th century, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While fans and collectors of Lawrence's work may find the book of interest, new readers should disregard this text and direct their attention to Seven Pillars of Wisdom post-haste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Resource, April 27, 2011
This review is from: Revolt In The Desert (Hardcover)
Lawrence, T. E. Revolt In The Desert. New York: Garden City Publishing Company Inc., 1926.

Lawrence wrote this book as his story to the world. He obviously could include and exclude information as he pleased, but does a decent job explaining his thoughts, motives and intentions. This work appears to be an abridgement to his larger work Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This is the original edition of the work, later revised and censored. Lawrence presents himself as an extraordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances and as the leading figure in the Arab Revolt. He seems eccentric and a visionary, but it is crucial to read this book of one wishes to truly attempt understanding him. Lawrence writes in the manner of one writing a diary knowing many will read it. He always makes himself look rather good and often jabs at his superiors as being incompetent and missing the big picture of the revolt.
I obviously was somewhat perplexed with knowing how much to believe Lawrence and when to just take his word for it, but I enjoyed at least getting a glimpse into his mind and a raw look at his eccentricity. He does a good job narrating the events in the Hejaz. His education is quite apparent and he writes notably well. The manner of his writing does seem quite imaginative to say the least. Regardless of the questioning of his accuracy and self-inflation, his is the best account of the desert campaigns and compared to the Arabs, his is much more useful. He includes an index; though there are no footnotes or no research aids, other than a sketched map, the fact that this book is a primary resource makes it invaluable to the study of Lawrence and the Hejaz Campaign.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolt vs. Pillars, November 29, 2013
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This is the "for public consumption" version of Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While much more readable than Pillars, it lacks the personal insight of the larger work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revolt In Desert-TEL Collection, April 18, 2010
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This was my first purchase of a collectable book without an "eyes on" review prior to payment. The book was well packaged and arrived ahead of the promised date. The actual condition of the book exceeded the seller's description, in my opinion.
I am quite satisfied with the seller and Amazon's system of shopping.
Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What makes you personnally like the desert, Major Lawrence, ... It is clean, June 7, 2014
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If you want to read and learn to write good English, read this book.
If you want to know what a single man can do without claiming he did it, read this book.
If you want to know what could have been in the middle east if things had gone differently, more respectfully, read this book
If you want to know how combined forces action was invented read this book.
If you want to know who ressucitated modern guerilla warfare, read this book.
If you want to hike in the desert, read this book as you feel and are just there.
If you want to have dinner in good comapany with the beduins read this book..

Then you will see, you will easily move to Michael Korda's biography of TE Lawrence and learn, among oter things, how the movie was made, why it took so long and why it was finally possible... politically obviously
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, September 14, 2012
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Bought this book along with "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" which is the complete book Lawrence wrote. "Revolt in the Desert" is an abridged version of "Seven Pillars".
Lawrence was an amazing man. I became intrigued by him after seeing the great film "Lawrence of Arabia" when I was a kid. But I never really looked into his life until I bought another book earlier this year: "Hero" by Michael Korda, which is a biography of Lawrence. After reading that book I had to buy "Seven Pillars" and this "Revolt" to see exactly what Lawrence had to write about his experiences.
I must admit that I haven't read this book as of the date of this review. The volume I bought was used and had a cut-out newspaper article with Lawrence's obituary in it. Very unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still timely, April 11, 2012
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Revolt in the Desert

Though this work centers on the Arab uprising during WWI to push the Turks from the Arabian Peninsula, some of the aspects of the uneasy relationship between the Arabs and the British troops are identical to some of the obstacles faced by coalition forces there today. There are discussions on aspects of strategy from von Clausewitz which are also aspects of Sun Tzu's "Art of War." It is also a good treatment of the history of that region as well. When finished, my copy was donated to the Wounded Warrior Library at Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 4, 2014
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Gives you the nuts and bolts without the window dressing.
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