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Revolt in the Desert (Wordsworth Military Library) Paperback – 20 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (20 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853266809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853266805
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,925,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheepdog on 4 Mar. 2013
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Have you seen the Peter O'Toole film Lawrence of Arabia?

Read this for the true story on which the film is based.

Wonder why US/Europe can't "get along" with the Arabs? Perhaps it might have something to do with the fact that Arab grandfathers were badly double-crossed by US/European grandfathers? That stry doesn't seem to get much "air time", on the US/European side of the divide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth S. Wells VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2013
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I bought this for a friend. She was delighted with the book. I haven't heard anything negative back from her, which is a good sign.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2001
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This book is mostly interesting for its picture of warfare so very different from the Somme image of WW1. It also portrays British attitudes towards other races in a surprising way (Lawrence borders on the reverent at times, when describing certain figures).
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Revolt in the Desert 10 Jun. 2000
By Dan Elliot - Published on
Format: Paperback
How can you give only a four star rating to a piece of first hand historical evidence? After all the author was also the man that helped lead and coordinate the arab revolt.
Any student of Lawrence will be able to tell you that the version of 'Revolt in the Desert' that finally reached the public was a heavily censored sanitised version of what really happened. Lawrence himself has been reported by contemporary sources as having burnt the first couple of drafts due to some of the content (potential references to Lawrences ambiguous sexuality, alleged atrocities carried out by sections of the arab army on Turkish POWs etc. Lawrence was also a self confessed - and reported as - a line shooter). All this said if you've read official military histories of this period and know a bit about Lawrence then this book will help you get the feel of sand in your boots. A good piece of source material or a rattling good adventure yarn but you would do well to keep in the back of your mind who wrote this and when it was written.
Enjoy, a rare treat to read a campaign history by one who was there and writes with the flair of an academic as opposed to a soldier.
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Never Meant For Publication & Mass Distribution! 15 Nov. 2005
By Guerrilla Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 1919 A.D., author T.E. Lawrence wrote out in a 400,000 word book "the whole bitter account of his adventure (in Arabia) and of his disappointment over the conclusion which the Peace Conference seemed to put to it." Lawrence left that manuscript replete with notes and many photographs in a handbag at the Reading railway station which was then stolen from that location. Lawrence tried to recount what he had wrote, but he never intended it for publication. Later, he had it printed on a newspaper press in Oxford, in an edition limited characteristically to eight copies, of which three, were afterward destroyed.

This book is the descendant in furtherance of Lawrence's re-written book, which he himself was never quite satisfied with. It stands as a purely personal record of his account in Arabia.

At the end of his Arabian exploits Lawrence, only 28 years of age, found himself in danger of being politely eliminated as an "upstart," while other men ruined the plans for which he was largely responsible. He recounts (as he planned to re-enter Arabia to aid Feisal):

"Storrs and I then marched off together, happily. In the East they swore that by three sides was the decent way across a square; and my trick to escape was in this sense oriental. But I justified myself by my confidence in the final success of the Arab revolt if properly advised. I had been a mover in its beginning; my hopes lay in it. The fatalistic subordination of a professional soldier (intrigue being unknown in the British army) would have made a proper officer sit down and watch his plan of campaign wrecked by men who thought nothing of it, and to whose spirit it made no appeal. Non nobis, Domine."

This review applies to the original 1927 A.D. edition of "Revolt In The Desert" as the first printing in America by the George H. Doran Company in New York City, NY.

The strange and still mysterious figure of T.E. Lawrence has become legend and has attained nearly cult icon status. Although somewhat different than that which was promoted by the 1962 David Lean movie "Lawrence of Arabia;" "Revolt In The Desert" is a fantastic first person account of an important part of English history which has has substantially affected the United States and the world.

Without hesitation or reservation. 5 stars.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
On Revolt in the Desert 10 Feb. 2009
By BGP - Published on
Format: Paperback
This text is an unnecessary abridgment of one of the most compelling and beautifully written non-fiction works of the 20th century, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While fans and collectors of Lawrence's work may find the book of interest, new readers should disregard this text and direct their attention to Seven Pillars of Wisdom post-haste.
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A Must-Have Resource 28 April 2011
By Ken Willis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lawrence, T. E. Revolt In The Desert. New York: Garden City Publishing Company Inc., 1926.

Lawrence wrote this book as his story to the world. He obviously could include and exclude information as he pleased, but does a decent job explaining his thoughts, motives and intentions. This work appears to be an abridgement to his larger work Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This is the original edition of the work, later revised and censored. Lawrence presents himself as an extraordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances and as the leading figure in the Arab Revolt. He seems eccentric and a visionary, but it is crucial to read this book of one wishes to truly attempt understanding him. Lawrence writes in the manner of one writing a diary knowing many will read it. He always makes himself look rather good and often jabs at his superiors as being incompetent and missing the big picture of the revolt.
I obviously was somewhat perplexed with knowing how much to believe Lawrence and when to just take his word for it, but I enjoyed at least getting a glimpse into his mind and a raw look at his eccentricity. He does a good job narrating the events in the Hejaz. His education is quite apparent and he writes notably well. The manner of his writing does seem quite imaginative to say the least. Regardless of the questioning of his accuracy and self-inflation, his is the best account of the desert campaigns and compared to the Arabs, his is much more useful. He includes an index; though there are no footnotes or no research aids, other than a sketched map, the fact that this book is a primary resource makes it invaluable to the study of Lawrence and the Hejaz Campaign.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Revolt vs. Pillars 29 Nov. 2013
By William A. Bonnet - Published on
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This is the "for public consumption" version of Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom. While much more readable than Pillars, it lacks the personal insight of the larger work.
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