The Young T. E. Lawrence: Book by Anthony Sattin

The Young T. E. Lawrence

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ISBN: 9780393242669    Publisher: WW Norton & Co Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 336        Language: English
Lawrence of Arabia's heroism during the Arab revolt and his disgust at the subsequent betrayal of the Arabs in the postwar negotiations have become the stuff of legend. But T. E. Lawrence's adventures...Read more
Lawrence of Arabia's heroism during the Arab revolt and his disgust at the subsequent betrayal of the Arabs in the postwar negotiations have become the stuff of legend. But T. E. Lawrence's adventures in the Levant began long before the outbreak of war. This intimate biography is the first to focus on Lawrence in his twenties, the untold story of the awkward archaeologist from Oxford who, on first visiting "The East," fell in love with Arab culture and found his life's mission. Few people realize that Lawrence's classic autobiography, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, was not the first book to carry that iconic title. Lawrence himself burned his original draft. Anthony Sattin here uncovers the story Lawrence wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy, and the personal reasons that drove him from student to spy. Drawing on surviving letters, diaries, and accounts from close confidantes, Sattin brings a biographer's eye for detail and a travel writer's verve to Lawrence's extraordinary journeys through the region with which his name is forever connected. In a masterful parallel narrative, The Young T. E.
Lawrence charts the maturation of the man and the incipient countries he treasured, both coming of age at a time when the world's foundations were coming undone.
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About the author: Anthony Sattin
Anthony Sattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed history and travel books. He has been traveling in the Middle East... Read more
Anthony Sattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed history and travel books. He has been traveling in the Middle East for more than twenty years. He lives in London.
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Review:
T. E. Lawrence has always been one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century, but he becomes markedly less so here. Through meticulous research and crackling prose, Sattin charts the...Read more
T. E. Lawrence has always been one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century, but he becomes markedly less so here. Through meticulous research and crackling prose, Sattin charts the youthful passions and influences-and not a few family and personal secrets-that helped create the future Lawrence of Arabia, and he has done so in an account so well-written that it is hard to put down. An absolutely indispensable read for anyone hoping to understand the evolution of one of the most beguiling and romantic figures of the modern age." -- Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East "I enjoyed The Young T. E. Lawrence very much. On the subject of biography, Ulysses S. Grant once wrote that 'What I want to know is what a man did as a boy,' i.e., 'the formative years,' and while Lawrence is not a boy in Anthony Sattin's splendid book, he clearly prefigures Lawrence of Arabia-a conscious striving toward becoming a hero, and a bold exploration not only of the Middle East but of himself." -- Michael Korda, author of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia "Anthony Sattin knows a good story when he sees one. While most of Lawrence's biographers focus heavily on the war period, Sattin has grasped the importance of the years Lawrence spent in the Middle East beforehand, essential preparation for what followed. As a travel writer enlarging on the writings of a forerunner, Sattin also often enriches Lawrence's account. I thoroughly enjoyed the result." -- Jeremy Wilson, author of Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T. E. Lawrence "Sattin's unique portrait reveals an itinerant scholar adventurously immersing himself in the history, peoples, and landscapes of the Near East, the chrysalis of the brilliant figure soon to emerge: Lawrence of Arabia." -- Steve Kemper, author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms "Sattin has written a compelling account of a young man learning to live according to his dreams." "Anthony Sattin proves that the British know how to write a great adventure as well as how to have one. This highly readable book never lacks the big story but it also does not let that history lose the hero." -- Robert Davis "Approaches the oft-profiled T.E. Lawrence from a new angle... engaging.
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