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ISBN: 0349106738
Author: Lawrence James
Language: English
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (November 1, 1995)
Pages: 508
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.3
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Lawrence James was born in Bath in 1943 and brought up in Weston-super-Mare

Lawrence James was born in Bath in 1943 and brought up in Weston-super-Mare. He secured a first in History and English at York University and subsequently undertook an . itt. at Merton College, Oxford, where he studied medieval history.

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Despite his cynicism towards the "Lawrence legend," James scrupulously rebukes many critical claims. not already well-known to the British government" (45). He also tersely dismisses conspiracy theorizing about Lawrence's death as "thriller fantasy" (495)

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James concludes that much of what we think we know about Lawrence, including his infamous rape by the Turks, are lies. This is a very interesting book about a controversial figure.

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The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. It presents a fascinating study of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable figures.

Lawrence's life and mind were impressive by any standard, British historian James admits, but the real Lawrence should now be seen plain, not as the . The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence's life and mind were impressive by any standard, British historian James admits, but the real Lawrence should now be seen plain, not as the figure drummed up by his autobiographical romance, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and by newsman Lowell Thomas, whose 1918 picture-show about Lawrence's desert exploits made soufflÇ royale out of what should have been hard-boiled eggs. For a while, at least, Lawrence fed and embraced the legend: He liked its drawing him into the company of great artists and movers and shakers, companions like . Shaw, Thomas Hardy, and Winston Churchill.

Controversial and provocative, this edition of Lawrence James' acclaimed biography penetrates and overturns the mythology which surrounds T. E. Lawrence, yet remains dispassionate and generous in spirit throughout. It presents a fascinating study of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable figures.

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Winasana
The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia attempts a straight academic biography of an extremely difficult subhect. Notable historian Lawrence James provides relatively little original research or fresh insight, and his analysis occasionally grates. Nonetheless, he deserves credit for an intriguingly complex portrait of Lawrence.

Despite his cynicism towards the "Lawrence legend," James scrupulously rebukes many critical claims. Addressing Phillip Knightley and Colin Simpson's accusations of pre-war espionage (The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia), James argues Lawrence the archaeologist "would have found out nothing... not already well-known to the British government" (45). He also tersely dismisses conspiracy theorizing about Lawrence's death as "thriller fantasy" (495). Between this and his healthy skepticism towards Lawrence's own writings, James establishes himself as a credible biographer.

The most interesting sections involve the Lawrence legend itself. James has a deep background in British history, and he does a great job placing Lawrence's fame in context. In the grim aftermath of World War I, James shows how much the English-speaking world needed a hero like Lawrence, who mixed traditional romanticism with modern "common man" appeal. He also captures Lawrence's complicity in starting the legend, and mixed feelings of its perpetuation. James ends the book with an overview of Lawrence's portrayal in biography and popular media, growing and mutating to meet cultural needs and the whims of biographers.

Like other authors, James views Lawrence through his fantasies. Chafing at a strict but not unhappy childhood, the young Lawrence tested his physical limits, traveled abroad and plunged himself into foreign cultures. Enraptured by Morte d'Arthur and The Odyssey, Lawrence viewed his life as a saga, with himself as its oversized hero. This medievalism also informs Lawrence's love of the simple Bedouin and aversion towards the educated "town Arabs." John Mack (A Prince of Our Disorder) and Desmond Stewart (T.E. Lawrence) advanced ideas of this argument on a personal level, but James explores it in the broader context of Edwardian England.

When James gets to the war years, his analysis grows mixed. He convincingly argues that Lawrence's views on the Middle East - especially his skepticism towards France and hatred of Turkey - evolved in concert with his Arab Bureau colleagues, belying the idea that Lawrence was a committed imperialist from the start. He disparages the Arab Revolt, conceding its propaganda value but trotting out the old canard of gold-hungry tribesmen. He argues the Arabs achieved little militarily, a questionable assessment in light of recent books like James Barr's Setting the Desert on Fire. Despite these critiques, James gladly acknowledges Lawrence's skilful leadership.

James adds little new or insightful about Lawrence's strange post-war career. He dutifully recounts Lawrence's work in the Colonial Office, his service as a "gentleman ranker," his bizarre relationship with John Bruce and brushing shoulders with the likes of Bernard Shaw and Robert Graves while dining with gruff RAF flyers. Lawrence's post-war career is fascinating, but James doesn't bring much to the table here.

James casts a skeptical eye on Seven Pillars of Wisdom, pointedly highlighting Lawrence's exaggerations. Interestingly, James notes Lawrence's embellishment extended to his official reports, rendering many contemporary documents suspect. However, James' textual analysis is spotty. He views Lawrence's descriptions of the Deraa incident and Turkish atrocities at Tafas as justification for later Arab massacres of the Turks. The bloodcurdling depiction of Tafas, and Lawrence's loudly-stated revulsion to bloodshed, bely James's argument. James is wedded to the idea of Seven Pillars as a carefully-structured novel, interesting in specific cases but overstated in general.

James devotes a long chapter to Lawrence's capture and rape at Deraa (pp. 245-263). He raises the usual objections, from Lawrence's inconsistency in accounts to some eyewitness testimony to Hajim Bey's heterosexuality. His bombshell is a diary entry from a colleague at Aqaba, which supposedly proves Lawrence could not have been in Deraa at the time of incident. Jeremy Wilson has shown on his website that this conflicts with other contemporary evidence. James then moves on from factual matters to speculation that Deraa serves as a "coded" admission of Lawrence's sexual preference.

James goes beyond the usual arguments on this matter, claiming that Lawrence was a practicing homosexual. He makes the most of Seven Pillars' description of Bedouin man-love, and John Bruce's tale of flogging is hard to discount. Beyond these old chestnuts, James is grasping at straws. He repeats Desmond Stewart's spurious "Bluebeard" story, liberally quotes the dubious Richard Meinertzhagen ("boy or girl?") and even suggests Lawrence was about to be arrested for indecency prior to his death. The fact that such rumors existed is suggestive, but does not constitute evidence.

The Golden Warrior remains a worthy biography all the same. If James criticizes Lawrence's vanity and self-aggrandizement, he also praises his intelligence, heroism, tactical skill and charisma. "Why Lawrence felt impelled to embellish his achievement and then repudiate the fame they offered him remains inexplicable," James notes (433), nicely summing up one of history's most enigmatic figures.
Narim
This book was recommended by a lecturer on a cruise ship as one among several relatively recent biographies of Lawrence of Arabia. Other biographies provide more on his entire life. This book does give quite a lot on the WWI time period but I still found it unsatisfying. A recent biography by Michael Korda provided more of the war history and gave more on the Arabian allies of the British and the other historical figures of the theater. This is a very interesting book though because of certain conclusions drawn by the author regarding the character of Lawrence and certain incidents in his life. Controversy over this book continues, I understand. This book is worth reading but I recommend reading Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda at about the same time.
Mr_Jeйson
I have only just bought this updated book. However, I am very concerned that it does not have Fred D. Crawford's 1998 book, Richard Aldington and Lawrence of Arabia in the bibliography. Crawford discusses James' book.

The bibliography also does not have Joel C. Hodsons' 1995 book, Lawrence of Arabia and American Culture, a very valuable book examining Lowell Thomas' role in the creation of the story.
Silvermaster
I enjoyed this narritive about T.E. Lawrence. He was a real odd duck, but also driven and goal oriented. His exploits both real and imagined are part of the legend of the Brit military.
luisRED
Interesting take on legendary man. Goes into private and public life of Lawrence. Also examines other authors work regarding facts and rumors about him. Good read.
Insanity
I have read a number of other books on Lawrence and on the military theater as a whole. This book offered insight and detail that I had not previously found. I am so glad I read it.
Rigiot
Excellent read....I thought I knew a lot about Lawrence, but this book contains information I've never before encountered. The details of Arab culture at the time are excellent. Five stars.
A little slow at times but overall an informative and helpful look at a historic enigma. James corrects earlier mistakes and I enjoyed it.

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