Lawrence of Arabia and WWI at Taunton Literary Festival

 Wednesday 12 November at Taunton Literary Festival
Wednesday kicks off with one sell out event with Jonathan Miller, but there are still tickets for Anthony Sattin and Ned Lebow.
6.00 pm Anthony Sattin, Young Lawrence £6.50 at Brandon Booksyounglawrenceweb-115x165
T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with
the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet this was not the first book to carry that iconic title. In 1914 the man who would become Lawrence of Arabia burnt the first Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a manuscript in which he described his adventures in the Middle East during the five years before the war. Anthony Sattin uncovers the story Lawrence wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy, the intimate details of the extraordinary journeys he took through the region with which his name is forever connected
7.30 pm Ned Lebow, A World Without WW1 £2.00 (Pay on door) at Queens College, Taunton
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The “Great War” claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. One hundred years later, historians are beginning to recognize how unnecessary it was. In Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!, acclaimed political psychologist Richard Ned Lebow examines the chain of events that led to war and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it. In this highly original and intellectually challenging book, he constructs plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed.
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