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July 23 2014 10:51 AM

Finding the Real T. E. Lawrence

One author did it the old-fashioned way.

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Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this second installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with Scott Anderson, veteran war correspondent and author of the book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.​

Anderson's book on T. E. Lawrence​ was born from a painstaking process. In the clip above, he breaks down the arduous five-year journey that was his Lawrence biography—one that took him from musty archives in England to the comfort of a cabin in the Catskills.​

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