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  • Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T.E. Lawrence - Jeremy Wilson (1989)
    The 'bible' for any study of Lawrence


  • With Lawrence in Arabia - Lowell Thomas (1924)
    2002 reprint by Prion Books contains an introduction by Lawrence biographer and critic Phillip Knightley


  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T.E.Lawrence (1926)
    In print for almost 80 years read about Lawrence's war in his own words

  • The Wilderness of Zin - C Leonard Woolley & T E Lawrence (1915)
    2003 saw Stacey International reprint the Sinai archaeological report that had Lawrence later accused of spying

  • Desert Treks from Jeddah - Patricia Barbour
    Contains details of an excellent overland Hejaz Railway expedition in Saudi Arabia

  • T.E.Lawrence: An Arab View - Suleiman Mousa (1966)
    The first major biography of Lawrence written by an Arab

  • A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence - John E. Mack (1976)
    Mack's skills as a psychologist help us better understand the enigma of Lawrence

  • Selected Letters of T.E.Lawrence - Edited by David Garnett
    An excellent collection of letters written by and providing insight to T.E.Lawrence as a student, soldier and writer

  • The Rise and Fall of the Hashemite Kingdom of Arabia - Joshua Teitelbaum
    Comprehensive background to the rise and fall of Hussein's family dynasty in the Hejaz, Syria, Jordan and Iraq

  • Crusader Castles: The influence of the Crusades on European military architecture - to the end of the XIIth Century - T.E.Lawrence (1936)
    Lawrence's undergraduate thesis on Crusader Castles

  • Secret Despatches from Arabia (1937)
    Wartime Middle East writings by Lawrence in the Arab Bureau 1914-1918

  • T.E. Lawrence by His Friends (1937)
    Reflective collection of writings and interviews on Lawrence by the people who knew him best

  • The Mint: A day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/c Ross (1955)
    Lawrence's contentious account of his early service in the R.A.F. which he banned from being published until after his death

  • The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia - Phillip Knightley and Colin Simpson (1969)
    At the time a controversial revision of Lawrence's life from previously unpublished documents and family papers

  • T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography (1988) - Compiled by Philip O'Brien
    A monumental project listing everything ever written about the man

  • Britain's Moment in the Middle East - Elizabeth Munroe
    A useful background to Britain's role in the modern Middle East

  • The Great Powers and the End of the Ottoman Empire - Edited by Marian Kent (1984)
    A collection of essays by leading scholars detailing the coming of war in the Middle East and the demise of the Ottoman Empire

  • In the Anglo Arab Labyrinth: The McMahon-Husayn Correspondence and Its Interpretations 1914-1939 - Elie Kedourie (1976)
    Investigation into how this significant correspondence changed the face of the Middle East

  • Curzon and British Imperialism in the Middle East 1916-19 - John Fisher (1999)
    A detailed study of Britain's political ambitions in the Near East in the First World War

  • London and the Invention of the Middle East - Roger Adelson (1995)
    An overview of Britain's role in the Middle East in the first half of the Twentieth Century

  • Peacemakers - Margaret Macmillan (2001)
    An engaging account of the extraordinary six months in Paris that carved the post-war settlement

  • The Last Crusade: The Palestine Campaign in the First World War - Anthony Bruce (2002)
    A recent summary of the successful campaign from Cairo to Damascus

  • Allenby and British Strategy in the Middle East 1917-1919 - Mathew Hughes (1999)
    A military and political study of Allenby's role in Britain's Middle East strategy

  • Empires of the Sand: The Struggle For Mastery in the Middle East 1789-1923 - Efraim Karsh &8;#3 Inari Karsh (1999)
    An overview of the clash between Europe's great powers and the Ottoman Empire

  • Gallipoli 1915 - Tim Travers (2001)
    A comprehensive account of the Allies' catastrophic assault on Turkey

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