Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

A Triumph

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of T.E. Lawrence - also known as 'Lawrence of Arabia' - of his service in the Arab Revolt during the First World War, published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Although 'continually and bitterly ashamed' that the Arabs had risen in revolt against the Turks as a result of fraudulent British promises of self-rule, Lawrence led them in a triumphant campaign which revolutionized the art of war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom recreates epic events with extraordinary vividness. In the words of E. M. Forster, 'Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, Lawrence has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams'. However flawed, T.E. Lawrence is one of the twentieth century's most fascinating figures. This is the greatest monument to his character and achievements, and formed the basis for the Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia , staring Peter O'Toole and Alec Guinness.

This edition includes maps, drawings by Eric Kennington, and index of place names and a preface by A.W. Lawrence.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) was born in Wales and educated at Jesus and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. He was commissioned on the outbreak of the First World War and in 1917 was officially attached to the staff of the Hejaz expeditionary force, under General Wingate. After the war, Lawrence was Advisor on Arab Affairs in the Middle Eastern Division of the Colonial Office. In 1927, embarrassed with the 'Lawrence of Arabia' legend, he changed his name by deed poll to Shaw'. In addition to this book, of which Lawrence lost almost the whole manuscript at Reading station in 1919, he wrote Revolt in the Desert (1927) and The Odyssey of Homer (1935), a translation in prose.

If you enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia , you might also like Wilfred Thesiger's Desert Sands , available in Penguin Classics.

'I am not much of a hero-worshipper, but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world'
John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps

Publisher: New York : Anchor ; Penguin Books, 2000.
Edition: New ed..
ISBN: 9780141182766
0141182768
9780385418959
0385418957
9780099511786
Branch Call Number: 940. 415 LAW 2000
Characteristics: 700 p., [8] p. of plates : photos.

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tuaboy
Aug 03, 2017

Just finished this amazing book. Insightful, thoughtful descriptions of his companions, and how they achieved their goals. Lawrence truly struggled with his role in nation building, knowing that the Great Powers would never allow true independence.

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Defor
Jan 04, 2016

Beautifully written, fascinating story of Lawrence's two years in the Middle East serving the Arabs to create their own nation while struggling with his English nation's conniving.
A careful slow read is needed to appreciate his extraordinary perception of the characters about him, his clarity to wage a fluid war to suit the desert and the tribal temperament different and the depth of description for the natural desert surroundings. 9/10

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MiltonK
Dec 14, 2013

No, Lawrence did not hit a hay cart. He swerved to avoid two young boys on bicycles who had been hidden from his view by a dip in the road. He was going too fast and was thrown off the cycle, flew and hit his head. He lingered for a few days.

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EuSei Feb 28, 2013

The first time I read this book was many, many years ago, but I never forgot it. I also watched the 1960’s movie—more than once on TV and once during a special screening in Brazil, after it had been restored; the desert scenes are absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking. Nevertheless, the movie took many liberties and left off many interesting parts of his campaigns. Lawrence’s book is very technical, has lots of details about his campaigns, so if you are not into war history, this is not the book for you; watch the movie instead.

lawfor Feb 17, 2013

that's the typical response,keogh, from someone who hasn't researched an issue to someone who has (donkeyhote). if donkeyhote is a conspiracy theorist, then you are a conspiracy fearist, i.e.
you don't have the courage to seriously look into these various matters. the world is not stranger that you imagine my friend, the world is stranger than you CAN imagine, and remember, condemnation to any idea or theory prior to investigation is one of the highest forms of ignorance.

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donkeyhote
Feb 13, 2012

Lawrence of Arabia was an intelligence agent. After he did his work he met with a bizarr accident: he went on a motorcycle on a country road suddenly a hay cart pulled out in front of him - he hit it and died. Maybe he knew too much. The game of politics and hay carts are ruthless.

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