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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; abridged edition edition (30 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848856652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848856653
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

'I deem him one of the greatest beings alive in our time - we shall never see his like again. His name will live in history.' --Winston Churchill

'T.E. Lawrence has fully as much literary as military genius. He shows himself to be one of the great writers, and the question comes into one's mind if he be not the only one of the great writers of the world who was also a great man of action.' --Literary Review

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T. E. Lawrence was born in 1888. Educated at Oxford, he was later made a research fellow of All Souls College. During the First World War he was attached to the Hejaz Expeditionary Force and later transferred to General Allenby's staff. In 1921 he became Advisor on Arab Affairs in the Colonial Office. In 1927, uncomfortable with his 'Lawrence of Arabia' legend, Lawrence changed his name to Shaw and joined the RAF. He was killed in a motobike accident in 1935 at the age of 47. Author of the classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom - his famed account of the Arab Revolt - Lawrence also wrote a prose translation of Homer's Odyssey and was the author of 'Crusader Castles' and 'The Mint'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dk on 3 Feb. 2014
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An excellent read.Recommend it. Decided to read this as an abridged version of his Seven Pillars of Wisdom which I felt might have more detail. I will follow up with reading the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By graham steed on 1 July 2014
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A very exciting account. Descriptions of the desert are atmospheric.
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Lawrence could write, too 22 Mar. 2013
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Lawrence of Arabia was an iconic figure. His writing is equally epic. "Revolt in the Desert" is so absorbing. The reader shouldn't get caught up in the complex world of Arab names and places. Just read the book for its wonderful melody -- like a great opera. Lawrence's death at 47 cheated the world out of more magnificent written works.
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Interesting...but not as exciting as the movie! 10 Sept. 2013
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The book was interesting and well-written, but more of a historical description. It seems this is an abridged copy of his original work, and somewhat "sanitized" in that it has many personal issues removed. I'd have been more interested in some of that to help break up all the somewhat dry descriptions of battles. As a fan of the movie, I enjoyed the book. But in this case, I found to movie more interesting! At the least more exciting.

So unless you are really interested in the historical aspects of these events, skip this one. If you really are interested in the historical time-line of these battles, this book will be excellent. Not interested in Lawrence or Arabia of that time, you might as well skip this one. You'll be bored.
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Better than expected! 12 Jan. 2014
By Gerad W. Arcuri - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a student of the Middle East and of T.E. Lawrence. Having never read (!) his "Seven Pillars of Wisdom", I chose to purchase this abridged edition, which he re-titled "Revolt in the Desert". I don't know why I expected Lawrence's actual writings to be less interesting than the many biographies which have been written about him, but having had those expectations, I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this book was. This particular version is nicely printed in large enough text to add enjoyment to the reading itself. ( I often find paperbacks annoyingly difficult to read because of poor printing, tiny text, or overall cheapness of the binding, etc. ) Now that I have read this account, I am on to the full, best edition of "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" that I can find.
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