The Golden Warrior by Lawrence James
The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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During the 1920s—in the aftermath of the Arab revolt against Britain—T. E. Lawrence gained global attention, both for his involvement in the Middle Eastern anti-imperialist movement, and for his vivid and sensational writings about his experiences. Following World War I, his appointment as an advisor to Winston Churchill—nearly simultaneous with the release of an American documentary about the revolt—further charged the T. E. Lawrence mania.

Despite the emergence of a whole new set of problems in the Middle East, and fueled by the classic status of the epic movie Lawrence of Arabia, the T. E. Lawrence mystique continues to fascinate. Controversial and provocative, this revised and updated edition of Lawrence James’s acclaimed biography penetrates and overturns the mythology that surrounds T. E. Lawrence.

With access to previously unavailable documents, James traces the sometimes spurious Lawrence legend back to its truthful roots, peeling back the layers of Lawrence’s calculated public persona to reveal the gifted, tortured man behind the shimmering myth. Yet James remains dispassionate and generous in spirit throughout. The Golden Warrior presents readers with a fascinating study of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable figures.


About Lawrence James

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Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career, he emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of this generation. His previous books include Raj and The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. He lives near St. Andrews, Scotland.
Published October 17, 2008 by Skyhorse Publishing. 564 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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 Revisionist bio that tries to shrink T.E. Lawrence down to his actual deeds.

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The image of the British hero soldier T. (Thomas) E. (Edward) Lawrence (1888-1935) is tarnished by James ( The Savage Wars: The British Conquest of Africa, 1870-1920 ). The biographer, who obtained ac

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