Although Lawrence of Arabia died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.
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a very revealing expose
TE Lawrence epitomises much of what is best about the British spirit- explorative, adventurous, full of faith and hopeful optimism……. also inherent is an element of naivety, and it is painful to see how this great man ended up playing the part of trickster for British Imperial interests in the Middle East…….. in the end, his betrayal of Faisal broke him, and led to him throwing his life away in 1935. Terrible, and sad….