Who am I to review this book after Churchill has proclaimed it amongst the greatest tomes of the history of this period and John Buchan has written similarly. It cannot be disputed that this is indeed a great, if not amazing, work. It is thorough in content and analysis, the maps and illustrations are of the highest merit. This was a desperate war. It was Lawrence's war and this fine work is legendary. Lawrence's two brothers died in World War 1, he was no stranger to the atrocities and human costs of war and here he writes with aplomb. It has to be the definitive work on the desert war and it will stand the test of time.