Lawrence of Arabia Secret Dispatches

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11 February 2022
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Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Dispatches Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Dispatches
BY FABRIZIO BAGATTI

The full, overly wordy, title of this book is Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Dispatches During the Arab Revolt of 1915-1919. Starting as an archaeologist, TE Lawrence found himself dispatched to the Middle East to report on how the Ottoman Empire was controlling the region. These are his secret dispatches back to Britain, most of which were buried thank to the Official Secrets Act for quite some time.

The introduction is very academic but the dispatches themselves, backed up with maps and Fabrizio’s notes, give a great feeling for the time. They vary from providing perspective on the war in the desert to bringing to life characters you may never have heard of, or customs you never new about. For any student of Lawrence, this is a fascinating resource.

  • Pen and Sword
  • ISBN 978-1-3990-1018-4
  • 302 pages. Hardback. £25

 

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