Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

By Michael Korda
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14.17 Hours 11/16/2010 abridged
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From Michael Korda, author of the New York Times bestselling Eisenhower biography Ike and the captivating Battle of Britain book With Wings Like Eagles, comes the critically-acclaimed definitive biography of T. E. Lawrence—the legendary British soldier, strategist, scholar, and adventurer whose exploits as “Lawrence of Arabia” created a legacy of mythic proportions in his own lifetime. Many know T.E. Lawrence from David Lean’s Oscar-winning 1962 biopic—based, itself, upon Lawrence’s autobiographical Seven Pillars of Wisdom—but in the tradition of modern biographers like John Meacham, David McCullough, and Barbara Leaming, Michael Korda’s penetrating new examination reveals new depth and character in the twentieth century’s quintessential English hero.

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From Michael Korda, author of the New York Times bestselling Eisenhower biography Ike and the captivating Battle of Britain book With Wings Like Eagles, comes the critically-acclaimed definitive biography of T. E. Lawrence—the legendary British soldier, strategist, scholar, and adventurer whose exploits as “Lawrence of Arabia” created a legacy of mythic proportions in his own lifetime. Many know T.E. Lawrence from David Lean’s Oscar-winning 1962 biopic—based, itself, upon Lawrence’s autobiographical Seven Pillars of Wisdom—but in the tradition of modern biographers like John Meacham, David McCullough, and Barbara Leaming, Michael Korda’s penetrating new examination reveals new depth and character in the twentieth century’s quintessential English hero.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The strength of Hero lies in its ability to analyze Lawrence’s accomplishments and to add something meaningful to the larger body of Lawrence lore…Mr. Korda writes with authority...Sagacious and valuableMost important, Mr. Korda makes himself a credible authority on some of the most egregious misconceptions that surround Lawrence’s story.”  New York Times
“[A] beguiling biographyKorda is at his best describing, after the heroics in the desert, the touching antiheroics of Lawrence’s later life.”  New York Times Book Review
“Hero is a full-scale, major event, [and] a great biographyThe triumph of the book is Michael Korda’s brilliant, always balanced portrait of the infinitely fascinating Lawrence of Arabia, the relevance of which, now in our time, is of greater importance than ever.”  David McCullough, New York Times bestselling author
“An unexpectedly fresh, engagingly written biography that adds substantially to our understanding of this strange, contradictory, curiously admirable and compelling subject’s life and contribution.”  Los Angeles Times 
“There couldn’t be a better time to brush up on the life and times of T.E. Lawrence…Korda persuasively argues that had Lawrence’s vision for a Mideast peace prevailed after the warthat deeply troubled part of the world might be a far more peaceful, prosperous region than it is today.”  Associated Press

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Author Bio: Michael Korda

Michael Korda is the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and is the author of many books, most recently With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain. He served in the Royal Air Force and lives in Dutchess County, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 14.17
Audience: Adult
Edition: English