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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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The Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. At the center was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions. Based on four years of intensive research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how ...

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