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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2010

    Stop whining about price

    It is cheaper than the hardback by $20.00. As for the book, it starts slow but is a perfect read for great stories and information about him. Can be dry at times due to writing style.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Loved the book, but the proofreading leaves a bit to be desired

    ....especially in the footnotes. Most of the errors are mistakes in capitalization and I found it distracting at times. I don't know if that's just the ebook version, or if the hardback is the same way. Shame on you, HarperCollins. I've read a few Lawrence biographies (none recently)and I like this one the best. Korda does an excellent job of juggling Lawrence's private and public lives with the complexities of the era, and gives us a little insight into the current mess. ("Messpot," is one of the names Lawrence used for the Middle East - for "Mesopotamia" - and it fits as well now as it did then, sadly.) "Hero" is so information-dense that I had to read a lot more carefully than usual. I even went online a couple of times to get a bit more depth on a subtopic than Korda was able to squeeze into a book that already runs to 700+ pages. I get the impression that Korda really enjoyed doing this one, the enthusiasm he has for his subject shows. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Well written and exhaustedly detailed, I thourghly enjoyed this read. Generally it reads like fiction by is loaded with history. Some parts were slow but overall it afforded the often overlooked part of the birth of the modern day Middle East and the role of England in it. The real Lawrence; a real man whose vision shaped the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2011

    The man and the myth

    Great book. It's long. Goes into great deal of history on his life. Still hard to put your finger on Lawrence-truly a great hero with as many oddities as strong character traits. Enjoyable thru the end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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