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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of T.E. Lawrence - also known as 'Lawrence of Arabia' - of his service in the Arab Revolt during the First World War, published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Although 'continually and bitterly ashamed' that the Arabs had risen in revolt against the Turks as a result of fraudulent British promises of self-rule, Lawrence led them in a triumphant campaign which revolutionized the art of war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom recreates epic events with extraordinary vividness. In the words of E. M. Forster, 'Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, Lawrence has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams'. However flawed, T.E. Lawrence is one of the twentieth century's most fascinating figures. This is the greatest monument to his character and achievements, and formed the basis for the Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia, staring Peter O'Toole and Alec Guinness.

This edition includes maps, drawings by Eric Kennington, and index of place names and a preface by A.W. Lawrence.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) was born in Wales and educated at Jesus and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. He was commissioned on the outbreak of the First World War and in 1917 was officially attached to the staff of the Hejaz expeditionary force, under General Wingate. After the war, Lawrence was Advisor on Arab Affairs in the Middle Eastern Division of the Colonial Office. In 1927, embarrassed with the 'Lawrence of Arabia' legend, he changed his name by deed poll to Shaw'. In addition to this book, of which Lawrence lost almost the whole manuscript at Reading station in 1919, he wrote Revolt in the Desert (1927) and The Odyssey of Homer (1935), a translation in prose.

If you enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia, you might also like Wilfred Thesiger's Desert Sands, available in Penguin Classics.

'I am not much of a hero-worshipper, but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world'
John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) was born in Wales and educated at Jesus and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford. He was commissioned on the outbreak of the First World War and in 1917 was officially attached to the staff of the Hejaz expeditionary force, under General Wingate. After the war, Lawrence was Advisor on Arab Affairs in the Middle Eastern Division of the Colonial Office. In 1927, embarrassed with the 'Lawrence of Arabia' legend, he changed his name by deed poll to Shaw'. In addition to
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, of which Lawrence lost almost the whole manuscript at Reading station in 1919, he wrote
Revolt in the Desert (1927) and
The Odyssey of Homer (1935), a translation in prose.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 704
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2000
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-118276-6
Reihe Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,8/3,5 cm
Gewicht 500 g
Abbildungen mit Fotos, 4 Karten-Skizz.
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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.