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. Download and start listening now!