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Bloomsbury presents Lawrence of Arabia on War, by Robert Johnson, read by Robert Johnson.

Lawrence of Arabia is one of the most iconic figures of the First World War, seen by many as a heroic and romantic guerrilla leader in a period of savage and deeply impersonal industrial warfare. While Lawrence himself has been the subject of many biographies and an award-winning film, the context of his war in the desert, and his ideas on war itself, are less well-known. 

Lawrence of Arabia on War is a study of those ideas and of his campaign of irregular warfare which has informed tactical theory and decision-making down to the present day. It explores the challenges he faced in a complex environment against a more numerous and better-armed adversary and the manner in which he assessed what was changing, what was distinctive, and what was unique to guerrilla warfare in the desert. Setting Lawrence in his historical context, it examines the peace settlement he participated in, analyses how other military writers made use of his ideas, and describes the ways in which his legacy has informed and inspired those partnering and mentoring local forces today.

©2020 Rob Johnson (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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  • 31-07-2020

Analysis of of Lawrences tactical contibution

I appreciated the authors cool and measured approach to the Lawrence legend in what is a deeply researched and reasoned review of the records and standard readings. On the other hand, it did come across a little in the Aldington vein of iconoclasm and frustrated annoyance. Overall it sets out and succeeds in its purpose of putting Lawrence in perspective and grudgingly acknowledging his historical contribution.
I think as an audio book it would also have benefited from a professional narrator as the author struggles in parts in imparting correct nuance, tone and pronunciation in his own work.

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  • 17-06-2020

Excellent! Highly recommended!

Excellent perspective on T.E Lawrence adding thoughtful dimension to an understanding of his character and the context in which he lived. Fascinating detail and well performed. Highly recommended!

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