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Hero : The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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From Michael Korda, author of the New York Times bestselling Eisenhower biography Ike and the captivating Battle of Britain book With Wings Like Eagles, comes the critically-acclaimed definitive biography of T. E. Lawrence--the legendary British soldier, strategist, scholar, and adventurer whose exploits as "Lawrence of Arabia" created a legacy of mythic proportions in his own lifetime. Many know T.E. Lawrence from David Lean's Oscar-winning 1962 biopic--based, itself, upon Lawrence's autobiographical Seven Pillars of Wisdom--but in the tradition of modern biographers like John Meacham, David McCullough, and Barbara Leaming, Michael Korda's penetrating new examination reveals new depth and character in the twentieth century's quintessential English hero.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 762 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 40.64mm | 725.74g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061712620
  • 9780061712623
  • 235,686

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"[A] beguiling biography. . . . Korda is at his best describing, after the heroics in the desert, the touching antiheroics of Lawrence's later life."--New York Times Book Review
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The story of an epic life on a grand scale, Michael Korda's Hero is a gripping, in-depth biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia." An Oxford scholar and archaeologist sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916, Lawrence was a born leader, utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain and fatigue. A bold and ruthless warrior, he was the virtual inventor of modern insurgency and guerrilla warfare; a writer of genius who alternately sought and fled the limelight. Korda digs deeper than anyone before him to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature--farsighted visionary; diplomat and kingmaker; shy, sensitive, and private man; genius military strategist; arguably the first modern "media celebrity" . . . and one of its first victims. Hero is the magisterial story of one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern times--the arch-hero whose life was, at once, a triumph and a sacrifice.
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Review Text

"[A] beguiling biography. . . . Korda is at his best describing, after the heroics in the desert, the touching antiheroics of Lawrence's later life." New York Times Book Review
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1,841 ratings
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3 14% (250)
2 4% (72)
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