Wherever the book mark is left I never pick up the book without reading again the opening paragraphs: priceless! Anyone who has served in the middle east will see history repeating itself yet again. "....are worth the life of one English Tommy" Is a repeated comment of Lawrence,not said lightly and should be borne in mind in today's difficult times. Modern day Lawrences will no doubt be assassinated too for trying to put across this simple but politically incorrect warnig. We ignore them at our peril but ignore them we will while oil is so valuable.
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.
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.
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).