WAKE UP CALL FOR HISTORY BUFFS! (10/14/2013)
Over breakfast today, a friend mentioned he was reading a book that "belonged on my blog." Titled LAWRENCE IN ARABIA, I thought, not another overbearing Hollywood extravaganza...but no, just the opposite.
LAWRENCE IN ARABIA by Scott Anderson, according to my friend is thought provoking and revealing. While it's a history book, it helps understand all that prevails in the Middle East today and what occured during the First World War.
The book follows the life of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and the surrounding history as it related to him. It also follows other relevant characters that were players some 100 years ago and in which today's Middle East still reflects their decisions
Author Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent and in his inimitable style is able to erase the myths from this time period.
This is a true depiction and well researched account of T. E. Lawrence and also a parallel account of other "adventurers" who influenced his life and history.
My friend had only one critique and it had nothing to do with the content, which he found fascinating. "The print was too small," he said, even though critics have labeled this book a "definitive eye opener."
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