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Lawrence of Arabia (remember the film), now is your chance to read Lawrences personal account how a special kind of Englishman did a great deal more than just his duty. The First World War had already started and Kitchener was Chief of the Army. To help start a rebellion of the Arabs against the Turks would enable England, while fighting Germany, simultaneously defeat her ally Turkey. Their knowledge of the nature and power and country of the Arabic-speaking peoples made them think that the issue of such a rebellion would be happy, and indicated its character and method. So they allowed it to begin, having obtained formal assurances of help from the British Government. Book 1 My First Visit To Arabia. I had believed these misfortunes of the Revolt to be due to faulty leadership, or rather to the lack of leadership, Arab and English. So I went down to Arabia to see and consider its great men. The first, the Sherif of Mecca, we knew to be aged. I found Abdulla too clever, Ali too clean, Zeid too cool. Then I rode up-country to Feisal, and found in him the leader with the necessary fire, and yet with reason to give effect to our science. His tribesmen seemed sufficient instrument, and his hills to provide natural advantage. So I returned confidently to Egypt, and told my chiefs how Mecca was defended not by Rabegh, but by Feisal in Jebel Subh. Book 2 Feisal`s First Extension Northward. Book 3 Concentrating against the Medina Railway. Book 4 The Expedition against Akaba. Book 5 Exploiting the New Base. Book 6 The Failure of the Bridges. Book 7 A Winter Campaign. Book 8 Orthodoxy Arrives. Book 9 Manoeuvring for a Final Stroke. Book 10 The Liberation of Damascus. Epilogue, my efforts in Syria. Appendix 1: Nominal rolls of armoured cars and Talbot battery. Appendix 2: A diary of place-names and dates. The 55 illustrations comprise of plaster & bronze sculpture, oil paintings, pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen & wash. Plus scale maps 1 Middle East Railways 1917-18, Map 2 Damascus to Akaba 1917-18, Map 3 Akaba to Jidda, Map 4 Beersheba to Mudawara. Cover brown cloth. 1st American 1st Public Edition 1935. Was Â£550.