T.E. Lawrence Biographer Separates Fact From Lawrence of Arabia's Fiction 

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July 21 2014 4:38 PM

Lawrence of Arabia, the Man 

What the movie gets right and wrong about the enigmatic antihero. 

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Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its 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, a veteran war correspondent and author of the book Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.

​T. E. Lawrence is a man who—thanks in large part to David Lean's Academy Award-winning film, Lawrence of Arabia—has come to be defined by his myth. In the clip above, Scott Anderson reflects on what he learned about the real-life Lawrence over the course of his five years writing his book on the enigmatic antihero, and what parts of him matched up with Peter O'Toole's iconic portrayal.

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