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Michael Korda is an amazing writer and he didn't disappoint here at all other ...
on March 25, 2016
Michael Korda is an amazing writer and he didn't disappoint here at all other than at the end where I thought it dragged slightly.
I picked this book up after enjoying Korda's book on R.E. Lee, released in 2013, so much. Found the same engaging writing style, thorough research, and mingling of fact, myth, and opinion to shine through in this book. I'm constantly amazed at how these biographers are able to weave so much into one congruent story. It's quite a talent and one that Korda should be very proud of. Writers like Korda, McCullough, Brands and Robert Dallek are national treasures.
Specifically in the book.... his inclusion of the political scene leading up to the war was somewhat lacking, but this was a book about T.E. Lawrence, not the World and WWI as a whole I guess. His even-handed treatment of the Arab cause set against the back drop of the world's great powers was very fair and also very easy to understand. I had a significant amount of background knowledge heading into this book but even a person that wasn't familiar could have followed along without any trouble.
I also appreciate the fact that Korda makes some eduucated guesses on subjects. I mean, after all, he spent what I can only think were years researching the subject. Who better to provide the opinion on things like... was T.E. Lawrence gay or just conflicted. And - as they said on Seinfeld - it doesn't really matter but it is just interesting to find out what a guy like Korda thinks on the subject.
cCearly this is the book to be reading if you want to know more about Lawrence and Korda is fair, balanced, and thorough.