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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Korda Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Michael Korda’s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes—made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as Lawrence of Arabia.

An Oxford scholar and archaeologist, one of five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters’ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916. He vanished into the desert in 1917 only to emerge later as one of the greatest—and certainly most colorful—figures of World War I. Despite being a foreigner, he played a leading and courageous part in uniting the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks, transforming himself into a world-famous hero, hailed as “the Uncrowned King of Arabia.”

As Korda shows in his brilliant and formidably authoritative biography, Lawrence was not only a man of his times; he was a visionary whose accomplishments—farsighted diplomat and kingmaker, military strategist of genius, perhaps the first modern “media celebrity” (and one of the first victims of it), and an acclaimed writer—transcended his era.

Korda examines Lawrence’s vision for the modern Middle East—plans that, had they been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern times, the arch-hero whose life is at once a triumph and a sacrifice—and whose capacity to astonish still remains undimmed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The strength of Hero lies in its ability to analyze Lawrence’s accomplishments and to add something meaningful to the larger body of Lawrence lore…Mr. Korda writes with authority...Sagacious and valuableMost important, Mr. Korda makes himself a credible authority on some of the most egregious misconceptions that surround Lawrence’s story.” 

    New York Times

  • “[A] beguiling biographyKorda is at his best describing, after the heroics in the desert, the touching antiheroics of Lawrence’s later life.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hero is a full-scale, major event, [and] a great biographyThe triumph of the book is Michael Korda’s brilliant, always balanced portrait of the infinitely fascinating Lawrence of Arabia, the relevance of which, now in our time, is of greater importance than ever.” 

    David McCullough, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An unexpectedly fresh, engagingly written biography that adds substantially to our understanding of this strange, contradictory, curiously admirable and compelling subject’s life and contribution.” 

    Los Angeles Times 

  • “There couldn’t be a better time to brush up on the life and times of T.E. Lawrence…Korda persuasively argues that had Lawrence’s vision for a Mideast peace prevailed after the warthat deeply troubled part of the world might be a far more peaceful, prosperous region than it is today.” 

    Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nolan | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book. I had no idea Lawrence had so many problems after the the war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/7/2014

    " Biography. I think this would probably be very interesting if I had time to get into it (unfortunately, I don't have that time right now). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott Archer | 2/5/2014

    " Fascinating man. I wished book had been longer, as it was too much to cover and so I found myself re-reading every paragraph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 1/5/2014

    " Easier to grasp and stick with than Lawrence's abridged autobiography. Includes the historic and political context and occasional necessary explanations. I found it fascinating. "

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