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If T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) is remembered at all today, it is as the subject of a 1962 Peter O'Toole film Lawrence of Arabia or, even less likely, as the author of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. But as veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson shows in this superbly researched book, Lawrence's adroit participation in the Arab Revolt (1916-1918) proved to infinitely more historically important than his description of it as "a sideshow of a sideshow" suggested. In fact, as Anderson demonstrates convincingly, the secret imperialist machinations to control the Middle East in effect set the board for the very real struggles of the past centuries. A major revelatory history; certain to be widely reviewed and discussed.