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Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.

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Korda (With Wings Like Eagles) balances accounts of T.E. Lawrence's undisputed exploits with considerations of less substantiated events, the myth created in popular culture, and the impact his legacy continues to have on the Middle East. Korda's main contribution to Lawrence scholarship is his claim that the adventurer was not a brooding recluse but, rather, a highly social man with plenty of friends and a well-developed sense of humor. British actor Robin Sachs (robinsachs.com), an outstanding reader of histories-as exemplified in his narration of G.J. Meyer's The Tudors (Random Audio)-sounds authoritative without seeming pompous, helping to convey Lawrence's complexity and stature. Recommended for those interested in British history, World War I, the Middle East, and the cult of celebrity, which Korda says began with Lawrence. [See Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 1/11; "a well-written, fast-moving exposition," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 9/1/10; the Harper Perennial pb will be released in November.-Ed.]-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"[A] beguiling biography. . . . Korda is at his best describing, after the heroics in the desert, the touching antiheroics of Lawrence's later life."--New York Times Book Review
"An unexpectedly fresh, engagingly written biography that adds substantially to our understanding of this strange, contradictory, curiously admirable and compelling subject's life and contribution."--Los Angeles Times
"The story of T.E. Lawrence's life is one well worth reading, particularly for its insights about the history of the Middle East."--USA Today
"Michael Korda captures the indomitable, tormented spirit of this extraordinary man. . . . Well crafted and excellent in its depiction of T.E. Lawrence as a multi-dimensional figure. . . . A fine biography."--Washington Post
"Much has been written about him, but no one has succeeded in illuminating the quintessential Lawrence of Arabia so profoundly and so well as Michael Korda. Hero is a work of brilliance, discernment and meticulous scholarship that surely will be hailed as the gold standard."--Henry A. Kissinger
"[Korda] has redrawn the map, and reinvented T.E. Lawrence, coming closest to giving this elusive holograph in a white dishdasha a pulse."--Daily Beast
"In case you thought there was nothing let to say about T.E. Lawrence . . . along comes Michael Korda with Hero brilliant, illuminating, un-putdownable, a masterpiece of biography about quite possibly the most fascinating and complex personality of the 20th century."--Christopher Buckley, author Losing Mum and Pup
"The strength of Hero lies in its ability to analyze Lawrence's accomplishments and to add something meaningful to the larger body of Lawrence lore. . . . Mr. Korda writes with authority...Sagacious and valuable. . . . Most important, Mr. Korda makes himself a credible authority on some of the most egregious misconceptions that surround Lawrence's story."--New York Times
"Michael Korda's new biography of Lawrence of Arabia is big-hearted and provocative--a page-turner that also helps us understand how the Middle East became the confused mess it is today. Hero is a magnificent achievement."--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of The Last Stand
"Hero is a full-scale, major event, [and] a great biography. . . . The triumph of the book is Michael Korda's brilliant, always balanced portrait of the infinitely fascinating Lawrence of Arabia, the relevance of which, now in our time, is of greater importance than ever."--David McCullough
"In Hero, Korda presents Lawrence's life in minute, fascinating detail. . . . Korda's extensive research and straightforward writing make this a valuable addition to the Lawrence library, a one-stop resource for all who are interested in this hero."--Dallas News
"This magisterial biography of British soldier and adventurer T.E. Lawrence celebrates a life spent subverting authority in the most glamorous--and bizarre--ways. Korda's vivid portrait of Lawrence and his warring impulses captures the brilliance and charisma of this fascinating figure."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"There couldn't be a better time to brush up on the life and times of T.E. Lawrence. . . . Korda persuasively argues that had Lawrence's vision for a Mideast peace prevailed after the war . . . that deeply troubled part of the world might be a far more peaceful, prosperous region than it is today."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

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