Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

A Triumph

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2011 Reprint of 1935 Edition. Facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph" is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. Charles Hill has described this book as "a novel traveling under the cover of autobiography," capturing Lawrence's highly personal version of the historical events described in the book. The Arab Revolt (1916-1918) was initiated by the Sherif Hussein bin Ali with the aim of securing independence from the ruling Ottoman Turks and creating a single unified Arab state spanning from Aleppo in Syria to Aden in Yemen. During the Arab Revolt of 1917-18 Lawrence based his operations in Wadi Rum (now a part of Jordan), and one of the more impressive rock formations in the area was named by Lawrence "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom." In the end, Lawrence decided to use this evocative title for the memoirs he penned in the aftermath of the war.
Publisher: London : Cape, 1935
ISBN: 9780224008969
Branch Call Number: 953/LAW


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Jan 04, 2016

Beautifully written, fascinating story of Lawrence's two years in the Middle East serving the Arabs to create their own nation while struggling with his English nation's conniving.
A careful slow read is needed to appreciate his extraordinary perception of the characters about him, his clarity to wage a fluid war to suit the desert and the tribal temperament different and the depth of description for the natural desert surroundings. 9/10

Dec 14, 2013

No, Lawrence did not hit a hay cart. He swerved to avoid two young boys on bicycles who had been hidden from his view by a dip in the road. He was going too fast and was thrown off the cycle, flew and hit his head. He lingered for a few days.

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EuSei Feb 28, 2013

The first time I read this book was many, many years ago, but I never forgot it. I also watched the 1960’s movie—more than once on TV and once during a special screening in Brazil, after it had been restored; the desert scenes are absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking. Nevertheless, the movie took many liberties and left off many interesting parts of his campaigns. Lawrence’s book is very technical, has lots of details about his campaigns, so if you are not into war history, this is not the book for you; watch the movie instead.

lawfor Feb 17, 2013

that's the typical response,keogh, from someone who hasn't researched an issue to someone who has (donkeyhote). if donkeyhote is a conspiracy theorist, then you are a conspiracy fearist, i.e.
you don't have the courage to seriously look into these various matters. the world is not stranger that you imagine my friend, the world is stranger than you CAN imagine, and remember, condemnation to any idea or theory prior to investigation is one of the highest forms of ignorance.

Feb 13, 2012

Lawrence of Arabia was an intelligence agent. After he did his work he met with a bizarr accident: he went on a motorcycle on a country road suddenly a hay cart pulled out in front of him - he hit it and died. Maybe he knew too much. The game of politics and hay carts are ruthless.

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