The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Vintage Classics

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT FISK

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an unusual and rich work. It encompasses an account of the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War alongside general Middle Eastern and military history, politics, adventure and drama. It is also a memoir of the soldier known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.Lawrence is a fascinating and controversial figure and his talent as a vivid and imaginative writer shines through on every page of this, his masterpiece. Seven Pillars of Wisdom provides a unique portrait of this extraordinary man and an insight into the birth of the Arab nation
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"It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language.As a narrative of war and adventure...it is unsurpassable" Winston Churchill
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T.E. Lawrence was born on 16th August 1888 in Tremadog in Wales. He was one of five illegitimate children born to the Seventh Baron of Westmeath. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford where he became interested in the Middle East.He worked for British Intelligence during the First World War and fought with the Arab forces to defeat the Turks.His exploits earned him the title of 'Lawrence of Arabia' back in Britain.Her resigned in 1922 and sought anonymity in the RAF where he enlisted as John Hume Ross.He later changed his name by deed poll to T.E. Shaw. Shortly after retiring from the RAF, T.E. Lawrence died in a motorcycle accident on 19th May 1935.
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"It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language.As a narrative of war and adventure...it is unsurpassable" -- Winston Churchill "Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, T. E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams" -- E.M. Forster "I am not much of a hero-worshipper but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world" -- John Buchan "Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War" -- Angus Calder "Emotional and mythic" Guardian
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 736
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2008
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-09-951178-6
Reihe Vintage Classics
Verlag Random House UK
Maße (L/B/H) 19,7/12,9/4,6 cm
Gewicht 481 g
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I’ve read a lot of military books, especially on counter-insurgency operations, but this one of the most boring one’s I’ve ever read. The author writes in every detail about his desert journeys with the Arab tribes. The description of a flower, a fellow Arab soldier or something else he... I’ve read a lot of military books, especially on counter-insurgency operations, but this one of the most boring one’s I’ve ever read. The author writes in every detail about his desert journeys with the Arab tribes. The description of a flower, a fellow Arab soldier or something else he sees along the way goes on for several pages. If you are interested in desert travelling, this is the book to buy. The military actions the author describes are mostly limited to the ambushes or the destruction of railway lines. Of course it is very hard to write on actions when the main military theme of the book is, that insurgents operate there were the enemy is not or very weak. Also on this subject the author repeats itself and describes every unnecessary detail, while at the same time he overestimates his own part in the war on the Arabian Peninsula. He writes upon himself as the liberator and founder of the Arabian world and plays down the role of several far more important generals and politicians. Keep in mind that at the moment of his actions the author holds the rank of a captain in the British Army. He also overestimates the Arabian campaign as part of the defeat of the Turkish and German powers. The author is not able to put the campaign in the right perspective and at the same time to describe the influence of other events in different theaters, which took place at the same time.