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Lawrence of Arabia (Command) Paperback – 20 Aug 2011
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A military visionary, Lawrence was one of the first leaders to seize on the importance of a mechanized army, particularly in desert warfare. His use of a variety of machines and aircraft combined with his large-scale raiding tactics was so successful that 40 years later the Allies were deploying similar tactics in North Africa as they battled the Nazis.
About the Author
Dr David Murphy currently lectures in the History Department (Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies) at NUI Maynooth. Since 2006, he has been involved in defence-studies programmes at the Irish Military College. He was a major contributor to the Dictionary of Irish Biography and has published several books. His previous publications for Osprey include Elite 147: Irish Regiments in the World Wars and Campaign 202: The Arab Revolt, 1916-18. He is a member of several societies including the Military History Society of Ireland and the T. E. Lawrence Society.
Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military-history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He lives and works in Italy.
Top customer reviews
Good selection of maps and images used throughout. I have read a lot on Lawrence and the Arab campaign and was surprised to see photographs that I had never seen before. There is a photo of Lawrence's father's house in Ireland on p.7 that has never been in print before, which is quite interesting. It just goes to show that there is still some material related to Lawrence's life that remains to be discovered and Murphy is to be commended for rooting this out. In his judgements generally, he seems informed and clear.
If I have one criticism is that this left me wanting to know more - more about Lawrence's young life, more about his parents' secret life, more about the workings of Lawrence's mind. But then, there is only so much that can be done in 60 or so pages, which is the Osrpey format for this series. I wonder if Murphy worked up a full bio, would he give us something fresh and new?? He has "form" as a bit of an historical detective.
Very colourful and evocative artwork also.
Well worth a look. A good basic bio, with suggestions for further reading and the locations of archives for the more curious.
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