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In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence—universally known as Lawrence of Arabia—tells the story of his role in the Arab revolt against the Turks. It was a minor, diversionary theater of World War I for the British, whose focus was on the European front, but a profoundly meaningful struggle for the Arabs. Lawrence draws amazingly evocative portraits of the principal players, and no other English writer has ever described the vast and beautiful Arabian terrain with such power of detail and such subtle shading. The book is a passionate account of the Arab people and of the Arab nation struggling to be born. The parallels to be drawn with the ongoing conflict in the Middle East are undeniable. Here is not only a consummate military history, but also a colorful saga and a lyrical exploration of the mind of a great man.