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Revolt in the desert Hardcover – 1927
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Description: xvi p. , 2 l. , 335 p. Front. , plates, ports. , fold. Map. 24 cm. Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 --Campaigns --Middle East. Arabs. Arabian Peninsula --Social life and customs.
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The story is detailed and portrays his dichotomies regarding his commitment to, yet frustration with his Arab allies and that arising from his duty to, and disillusion with the British hierarchy that he was obliged to serve. It seems entirely understandable that he was precipitated into seeking anonymity as Shaw and as Ross after extricating himself from the subsequent responsibilities the powers-that-be sought to thrust on him and the hero-worship fuelled by the media.
This and 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' demonstrate only too chillingly the schisms and tensions rife in Palestine and Arabia during the First World War which continue to echo chillingly throughout the 20th Century and seem even further from resolution in the region today.
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.
What a book!
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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