A New Approach to Lawrence of Arabia

Monday, 12 August 2013 | A Public Affair

“In thinking of how to say something new about Lawrence, because as you mentioned there are dozens if not scores of books written about him over the years, I went back to the original riddle of Lawrence, which is that how did a 28 year-old guy, an Oxford scholar without a single day of military training, how did he go off to Arabia and become battlefield commander of this Arab rebel army? And the little epiphany I had about it was that he was able to do it because no one was really paying that much attention.”- Scott Anderson on “Lawrence in Arabia”

On Monday August 12th, sub host Norm Stockwell interviewed author Scott Anderson about his new book, “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East”, which explores the life and historical context of Lawrence of Arabia. The book was released last week on August 6th.

AccordingThe Cover of Lawrence in Arabia to the New York Times Book Review on “Lawrence in Arabia”, “The multi-character approach has the great virtue of opening up the story’s complexity. Through his large cast, Anderson is able to explore the muddles of the early 20th-century Middle East from several distinct and enlightening perspectives. Furthermore, while he maintains an invigorating pace, his fabulous details are given room to illuminate. The book is thick with them… [An] engrossing, thoughtful and intricate account.”

You can read a more extensive review of “Lawrence in Arabia” by the New York Times here.

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