Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Version: Abridged
Author: T.E. Lawrence
Narrator: James Wilby
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: CSA Word
Published In: February 2009
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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In writing his extraordinary account of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 and his own role in it, T.E. Lawrence sought literary advice from his good friends E.M. Forster and George Bernard Shaw. With their encouragement, Lawrence produced an epic manuscript that became the focus of a desperate public search after he lost the majority of the text in a train station. The original was never found, and the indefatigable Lawrence produced a second text from memory. Widely regarded as the last great romantic war story and described by Winston Churchill as one of "the greatest books ever written in the English language," it conveys a world of wonders from a life less ordinary, transcribed in the same committed fashion that Lawrence applied to his duties in Syria. A towering achievement as both autobiography and military history, as well as a first-rate adventure story, "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" is a must-listen for all.

Reviews (3)

Hard to hear and understand

Written by dr on February 16th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Well written but very hard to understand the reader, who ends every other sentence so quietly that you can't hear the words.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Written by Connie on November 13th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a wonderfully written book by T.E. Lawrence, who experienced life in the Middle East that set him apart from others who served in the military. I so enjoyed the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia', and to hear his own story of that time period, brought back memories of the situations and circumstances he experienced. One also can hear his inward struggles of who he was as a man, and also his divided loyalties to his country, and those he fought with.

7 Pillars of Wisdom

Written by Terry Smith on November 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is an extraordinary biography about an Englishman's two years spent riding with and leading Arab troops in a successful war against the Turks. I was unprepared for the eloquence and density of the writing. There were times it was like eating fudge--so rich my brain had to stop after a while and come back later. TE Lawrence is a kind of man we don't have anymore. A diplomat, a warrior, a strategic campaigner, an introspective anxious climber,a leader of men and a writer of remarkable perception about things human and natural. His time in the desert with a few hundred Arabs is a unique view into a culture that needs even more understanding today.