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    Lowell Thomas(Author)
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Surely no one ever offered a volume to the public who was quite so deeply indebted to others, and I have long looked forward to the opportunity of expressing my gratitude. To do this I must turn back the pages of time to the days when, accompanied by my photographic colleague, Mr. Harry A. Chase, and two other assistants, I left America to gather information and secure a pictorial record of the various phases of the struggle that was then in progress all the way from the North Sea to far off Arabia.

We had set forth early in 1917 and were expected to return at the end of a year or so to help in the work of stimulating enthusiasm for the Allied Cause. The late Mr. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of Interior, had suggested that I resign from the faculty of Princeton University in order to undertake this. To Secretary Lane, Secretary of the Navy Daniels, and Secretary for War Baker, who were responsible for our becoming attached successively to the various Allied armies, I am indebted for the opportunities which enabled me to obtain the material for this volume. This was before a special appropriation had been set aside for such work, and as the result of Secretary Lane's suggestion, eighteen distinguished private citizens supplied the funds for the undertaking.

Mr. Chase and I have just concluded a three-year speaking tour of the world, during which I have shown the pictorial record and narrated to several million people the story which we brought back of Allenby's conquest of the Holy Land, and the hitherto unknown story of Lawrence and the War in the land of the Arabian Nights.

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Phillip Knightly, the investigative reporter and writer, author of The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia, sets the amazing tale in the context of modern knowledge. There is also the introduction that Thomas himself wrote for a 1962 edition of the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 382 pages
  • Lowell Thomas(Author)
  • Forgotten Books (9 Feb. 2017)
  • English
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  • By JIMBO (Dublin,) on 25 July 2010

    Lowell Thomas was an american journalist/author who became friendly and travelled with Lawrenceduring the Arab Revolt during World War 1.After the the Arabs took Akaba in 1917 Thomas noticed this fair skinned, blue - eyedbedouin dressed in the robes of a Sherif of Mecca, later finding out he was in fact a British serving army officer.Lowell Thomas was assigned to Lawrence, making his own deductions about the man himself. Thomas is widely regarded as inventing the legend 'Lawrence Of Arabia'which Lawrence himself detested. Thomas never banked on the legend avoiding anypersonal information regading himself. Lets face it, it could be believed that Lawrence was one of the first 20th. Century'ssecret agents. Having completed his task, traumatically and emotionally affected by his experiences, Lawrence wanted no more of fame, war or Arabia,he went back to England and joined the R.A.F under the name T.E. Shaw, and he found the seclusion he craved in his cottage the 'Cloud Hills' in Dorset, until his untimely death by motorcycle accident in in May 1935.It has been said that he was guilt ridden, feeling he had somehow betrayed the Arab tribes due to the British/Frenchalliance to carve up Arabia after the war. I have called this review 'The Ultimate Lawrence Book' because it is great reading material and Lowell Thomas is a well respected author.It is getting harder to find books written at that time. You are reading about the man as it happened with Thomas, by now being Lawrence's almost constant companion, writing and watching at all times.Later books (for me at least) were ok, but some were full of conjecture and speculation. 'With Lawrence In Arabia' covers more than the movie. When it comes down to it, nobody really knew Lawrence except his close family and friends and thats why he is a legend. As for the book:I would advise anyone who is interested in the revolt in the desert should endeavour to get this book......A fine read.

  • By C. Nation on 15 March 2015

    The book that actually created the Lawrence myth. The author, an American journalist of the old school, was never going to allow the facts to get in the way of a good story - and he didn't.For example, in the introduction by the academic and author Angus Calder to the edition I have of "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom", he writes that all the evidence now points to the fact that T.E.L. could not have been imprisoned, beaten and raped by the Turks because he could not have been in that place at the time. However, T.E.L. told Thomas that this is what had happened to him and Thomas wrote it all up. Lawrence also greatly exaggerated the number of bombings he carried out on the Turks' railways. Thomas write up Lawrence's figure of 69, Calder has it that current evidence puts it at 19. Despite Lawrence's insistence in "Seven Pillars..." that he did not seek prominence, what he gave Thomas as material for this book has all the hall-marks of a major self-aggrandiser. Written in a rumbustious, colourful style, placing Lawrence on a pedestal and rounding up all his readers to flock to admire and idolise this rather strange little man, it's a very good read. It just has to be borne in mind that this book is written in the same way as the stories passed down of Robin Hood and the stories of the knights of Camelot.

  • By Mr Alsatian on 22 May 2014

    I liked this book even though it has been condemned in the past by other biographers of Lawrence as sensationalist and inaccurate. This it undoubtedly is , but even so there is something nice about the tone and content, and to think you are reading history in the making, quite literally! If you like Lawrence, as I do, then this book is essential to add to your collection. This is the book that really kickstarted the legend of 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

  • By Jeff P on 30 November 2011

    The text is a perfect facsimile of the original book and is a ripping read. While the text is clear and easy to read, the photographs are very poor and a disappointment. In many the resolution is so reduced it is hard to make out what the content is. I can see how Lowell Thomas captured the public's imagination with the story and turned Lawrence into our first media personality. Felt like I was with Thomas, time traveling in the past.

  • By Brian.m.johnson on 15 March 2014

    Brilliant to be able to get a new copy of this book. Crease in the cover and poor quality paper with poor quality printing but I will definitely enjoy reading this book. Even the introduction was a real hook and I am looking forward to reading this historical treasure.Brian. M. Johnson,

  • By bernard marshall on 6 February 2013

    A light and over dramatic account by the american journalist accompanying Lawrence but with some interesting and original authentic moments .

  • By rita on 19 December 2015

    This book was for someone else, but thy said it was a good read

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