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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

A good look at T.E. Lawrence

Previous reviewers seem to using the review space to express displeasure with the ebook price. I'm going to comment on the book. I've read a lot of Lawrence biographies and other work on his life and achievements. This one is the latest, and takes advantage of the relea...
Previous reviewers seem to using the review space to express displeasure with the ebook price. I'm going to comment on the book. I've read a lot of Lawrence biographies and other work on his life and achievements. This one is the latest, and takes advantage of the release of many previously restricted files on Lawrence and his official actions in WW1. Korda has also read many of the letters Lawrence wrote throughout his life and has made some analysis of the circumstances in which they were written and Lawrence's relationship with the recipients. I found this book lucid and clear in expression and carefully researched and thought. The last section has analysis of some of the earlier biographies which often had obvious and varied agendas; Korda hoped, I am sure, to avoid this. Lawrence was never a take him or leave him person at any time. This is a must read for anyone interested in Lawrence or in the Middle East - the section on the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 is enlightening. Decisions made there are still giving trouble today, and Lawrence clearly felt he failed the Arab people. Korda has given us an illuminating view of a complex man and a life that resonates more that 75 years after it ended.

posted by arethusa on November 28, 2010

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12 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Pricing?

$19.80 for the hardback and $19.99 for the digital version??? What's wrong with this picture?

posted by AZ_Nooker on November 24, 2010

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Great Read on a Man of Many Talents

    I just finished reading the hard cover version of the book and was felt it was worth every penny I spent. The author's writing style was very accessible to the amateur historian. I also tried to read Seven Pillars of Wisdom several years agoe and had difficulty getting past the writing style, but will go back and read it again. This book opens the reader's eyes to many of the inaccurancies that surround the life of T.E. Lawrence and his relationships with his family and friends. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2014

    HIghly recommended

    Didn't want the book to end. Easily readable description of a fascinating man. Excellent handling of other biographers' viewpoints. Makes me want to read Seven Pillars of Wisdom by "Lawrence."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Lawrence: an enigma

    The lengthy story, for that is what Hero ls, leaves me unsure of how much is factual and how much is fiction,
    Some details relate accurately to other reading information which helps to substatiate the basis for the story,
    I would recommend Hero as one part of a more extensive historical biographical reading program,
    Limey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Amber

    Crap. Write res 6

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 22, 2012

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Excellent portrait of an enigma!

    Great read on the life and complexities of T E Lawrence.. Get it at the library - may have the e-book at some libraries if you have an e- reader. Kindle loads the book on the device, with nook you have to go thru a computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Too many initials

    Why does every British establishment figure have to have all those meaningless letters behind his name. How many average Americans know what GCVO, GCMG etc. mean? Also Aigues Mortes has never been in Provence and there are numerous other factual errors which diminish the worth of the book.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    I'll pass

    This is too expensive for an e-book. Looks like I'll either get it in hardback or wait for the paperback editio.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    ridiclous

    pricetoo high!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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