The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence James

The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

This biography penetrates and overturns the mythology which surrounds T.E. Lawrence but is dispassionate and generous in spirit throughout. It has reopened debate and interest in one of the most remarkable men of the century. James reconstructs Lawrence's wartime career and analyzes how it was translated into a legend in the 1920s and 1930s. He traces how Lawrence used and contributed to this legend and how the myth of the so-called betrayal of the Arabs by the British has coloured the subsequent history of the Middle East.

Book Details:

  • Author: Lawrence James
  • Published Year: 1990
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Abacus
    • US: Skyhorse Publishing
Lawrence James

Lawrence James

Lawrence James was a founder member of York University and then took a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career he became a full-time writer in 1985 and has emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of his generation. His books include Crimea: The War with Russia in Contemporary Photographs, The Savage Wars: British Campaigns in Africa 1870-1920, Mutiny: Mutinies in British and Commonwealth Forces 1797-1956 and Imperial Rearguard: The Last Wars of Empire.Lawrence James edited the Daily Telegraph British Empire supplement (1997) and was th...
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Book Reviews

  • "An excellent, strong, and balanced biography...this is surely the definitive assembly of the facts: from now on, it will all be assessment, interpretation and art."
    Jan Morris, The Spectator
  • "The best study of Lawrence of Arabia."
    Andrew Wheatcroft, Sunday Times
  • "The most accomplished life of Lawrence yet written."
  • "Excellent new biography."
    Daily Mail
  • "The author of this admirable new biography rightly concerns himself as much with the legend of TE Lawrence as with the actual achievements...His approach is brusque, unsentimental, and pretty conclusive."
    JDF Jones, Financial Times
  • "Fine writing style and meticulous scholarship...Lawrence James has managed to present a new and fascinating angle on TE Lawrence, and has even succeeded in finding new material which sheds yet more light on a man who, one suspects, set out on purpose to become an enigma."
    Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph