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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by [Korda, Michael]

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Editorial Reviews

From Bookmarks Magazine

Despite its grand, hagiographic title, one of Hero’s greatest strengths is its ability to represent Lawrence—“a scholar and warrior, an imperialist and supporter of Arab independence, a politician and rebel, a publicity seeker and recluse” (New York Times Book Review)—as a complex, multilayered figure. Korda gives a painstaking account of Lawrence’s audacious exploits, extraordinary victories, and disheartening failures. He also dissects previous biographers’ disagreements, confronts some of the most entrenched misconceptions surrounding Lawrence, and ultimately contributes to a greater understanding of Lawrence—no small feat given that nearly sixty biographies cover much the same ground. Though some critics objected to its length, Korda’s extensive research, engaging prose, and fascinating subject will ensure that this newest biography receives a hero’s welcome among readers.

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The first 100 pages of this very lengthy biography of T. E. Lawrence will prove a trial for all readers other than military-history buffs. Once past that rocky start, however, the excessive detail of those interminable early pages becomes the rich substance of a sophisticated, rigorously pursued life-study by a distinguished editor and biographer. Lawrence—famously known as Lawrence of Arabia—has always been regarded as a vital leader, operating within the structure and goals of the British army, of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during WWI. In fact, as recalled and emphasized here, Lawrence emerged from the global conflict as the most renowned, and lasting, hero. He was an exceptional individual nearly from birth, with an early-born consciousness of his destiny as a hero. His cultivation of such awareness began during his schoolboy years, and he eventually showed his brilliance in military strategy, diplomacy, and politics. The map of the Middle East looks as it does today due in large part to Lawrence’s nearly single-handed nation building in the area as a leading fighter for Arab independence and, later, at the postwar Paris Peace Conference. The author’s fathoming of his subject’s convoluted sexuality adds not prurience to the picture but a definite human dimension. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Heavy media promotion, including an online publicity campaign targeting history and book blogs, will bring this book to a wide, and widely curious, audience. --Brad Hooper

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  • File Size: 10084 KB
  • Print Length: 797 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WTDG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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