Hero by Michael Korda
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.
 

About Michael Korda

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Michael Korda is the New York Times bestselling author of Charmed Lives, Ike, Country Matters, Ulysses S. Grant, and Journey to a Revolution. The Editor in Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster, he lives in Dutchess County, New York.
 
Published November 16, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 797 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Throughout, the author emphasizes Lawrence’s deeply troubled relationship with his mother, but he also underscores his ferocious work habits, enormously high pain threshold (captured by the enemy, he endured severe beatings and rape) and unique combination of modesty (he refused honors) and pride...

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The New York Times

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A biography of T. E. Lawrence, warrior, scholar and early global multimedia celebrity.

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The New York Times

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The strength of Michael Korda’s new biography of T. E. Lawrence, “Hero,” lies in its ability to analyze its subject’s accomplishments and to add something to the body of Lawrence lore.

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Publishers Weekly

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Characterizing Dwight Eisenhower as an American with a “big grin” and “long-limbed, loose American way of walking,” this smitten biography demonstrates his heroism by dwelling on his World War II record as commander of Allied armies in Europe.

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Publishers Weekly

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S&S editor-in-chief emeritus Korda (Ike) gives a rousing, lucid account of Lawrence's leadership of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during WWI and his diplomatic championing of Arab nationalism.

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New York Journal of Books

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Lawrence, Korda’s detailed research and narrative arch, coupled with the narrative explicating the creation of Lawrence as a hero, creates a unique and reflective niche for the book.

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Los Angeles Times

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The biography adds a lot to the understanding of this controversial British military figure.

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The Telegraph

These tinkerings do not bring Lawrence .

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Christian Science Monitor

Those stunning liberations, driven by the so-called Arab street in recent weeks, seem poised to hopscotch to other countries in the Middle East, a prospect that would, no doubt, make Lawrence of Arabia smile.

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Suite 101

Gamal Abdel Nasser may be dead 40 years, but the legacy he left behind is still very much alive in the Middle East.

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USA Today

In his introduction to Ike: An American Hero, Michael Korda writes that "a reputation can be revised by a single great book."David McCullough did that for Harry Truman and John Adams in two best-selling biographies that Korda edited.Now Korda, former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, is out to...

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Dallas News

Hero will certainly not be the last of this genre, but Korda's extensive research and straightforward writing make this a valuable addition to the Lawrence library, a one-stop resource for all who are interested in this hero.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Mack (who took a psychiatric look at Lawrence), Richard Aldington (who took a nastily debunking one) and those seeking a covert homosexual subtext in Lawrence's story are echoed in Mr. Korda's prose.

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