A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence

A Prince of Our Disorder The Life of T E Lawrence First published in John Mack s Pulitzer Prize winning biography humanely and objectively explores the relationship between T E Lawrence s inner life and his historically significant actions Exte

  • Title: A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence
  • Author: John E. Mack
  • ISBN: 9780674704947
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1976, John Mack s Pulitzer Prize winning biography humanely and objectively explores the relationship between T.E Lawrence s inner life and his historically significant actions Extensive research provides the basis for Mack s sensitive investigation of the psychological dimensions of Lawrence s personality and with the history, sociology, and politicsFirst published in 1976, John Mack s Pulitzer Prize winning biography humanely and objectively explores the relationship between T.E Lawrence s inner life and his historically significant actions Extensive research provides the basis for Mack s sensitive investigation of the psychological dimensions of Lawrence s personality and with the history, sociology, and politics of his time 27 photos.

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    1. Most people say they discovered T.E. Lawrence because of the 1962 film, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. For me, it was A PRINCE OF OUR DISORDER - "John Mack's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography humanely and objectively explores the relationship between T.E. Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions."After that, my usual obsessive nature kicked in and I had to know more about this amazing individual. TEL and the many lives he touched and who touched his, the events he lived through and inf [...]

    2. A little too much psychiatry and too little history for my taste, but I suppose I should have read the author's blurb that John Mack was a professor of psychiatry at Harvard. Most books about Lawrence focus - rightly - on the 2 years he spent leading the Arab Revolt but there was obviously much more to the man than that. Scholar, archaeologist, diplomat, warrior, author and a small boat expert! He was also much loved and admired by almost everyone who came in contact with him professionally and [...]

    3. This is the first "psychological biography" that I've ever read, and I'm conflicted about the value of such books. While Mack, whose book won the Pulitzer Prize, leaves no stone unturned in revealing Lawrence's unconscious motives, his narrow focus leaves little room for the creativity and ingenuity of the conscious mind, or the powerful influences of history, political necessity, and culture, especially the various cultures that Lawrence adapted to out of necessity. I finished the book feeling [...]

    4. In my opinion, the best biography of T.E. Lawrence. Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn more about this intriguing historical figure.

    5. A Prince of Our Disorder is a great book, and well written. Some aspects are easier to read than others. It is a bit dated, published the year that I was born which unfortunately dates myself. I originally discovered some of the antics of T.E. Lawrence through the 1962 film. One day in the mid 90’s I came across Seven Pillars of Wisdom in a chain bookshop and fell in love with that book and Lawrence’s life.There is so much more to this man that any movie could ever attempt to portray. Really [...]

    6. I was afraid this was going to be too heavily psychological, but it wasn;t. For me the most interesting part (in view of our recent involvement therre) is the part on Lawerence's post-war involvement in setting uip Iraq, which he said he wanted to be "our first brown commonwealth" instead of "our last brown colony." I think there is no doubt he seriously wanted Iraq to be a successful essentially independent state, though whether installing his ally King Feisal in a country to which Feisal had n [...]

    7. I'm not finished yet, but even just having gotten up to the beginning of WWI, it's a fascinating read. Professor Ajami gave free copies to his 8 AM Thursday class, so you know it has to be good. In retrospect, it's rather a miracle that Lawrence never got murdered by bandits during his early Levantine journeys.

    8. An excellent read with insight that reveals not only Lawrence's triumphant heroism and achievements, but also explores his deeply conflicted mind. In the end one finds even more to admire Lawrence for.

    9. This book was well researched and I especially liked that Dr. Mack was able to talk to so many of TE's friends from his childhood to his death. I have read many books about TE but learned lots of new information from this book. I liked the clinical analysis at the back and throughout the book. It is well worth the read for anyone interested in T. E. Lawrence, his life and the time in which he lived.

    10. I selected this biography, among the many written about TE Lawrence because of the Pulitzer and because of its reputation of being balanced. Reviews of other biographies warn of hagiography or vilification and I wanted "just the facts, ma'am". Granted, this is a psychological biography, so the facts are presented beautifully, but there is a bit of interpretation that is well-presented. After all, Mr. Mack had been a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He should know. Mack is a com [...]

    11. An altogether excellent book. Prof. Mack explains and analyzes Lawrence's life in a fresh and interesting way. It is ultimately a very sad story. Lawrence was ashamed of being born out of wedlock and dealt with that shame his entire life. Finally, he could only deal with it by undergoing intense self-punishment that is described in the book. Prof. Mack writes in a very clear, illuminating style and is, I think, very sympathetic to his subject while maintaining the objectivity he needs to analyze [...]

    12. What is the power of great men on events? Do great men make events (and thus can we blame and praise them as the media does) or do events limit and shape the responses and actions of men? And then, how much of what "makes" a great man (or woman) is actually a response to childhood and maturation problems that they are adjusting to? There has long been a strain of thought in heroism studies that feels that heroes are in fact flawed and this book fits that strain. A LOT to think about here.

    13. Wow! Lawrence was a brilliant man but so psychologically damaged. The author, a psychiatrist, basically conducts an exhaustive psychological autopsy in this Pulitzer prize winning biography. There's a bit too much of a Freudian slant for my liking and it can get bogged down, but if you are familiar with Lawrence's bio you can breeze through some parts. I actually read the last section first (to get to the good stuff - the analysis) and am now going back through the biographical section.

    14. Pulitzer. Recommended. And I still can't get into this brick. It's so slow. It approaches Lawrence from a psychological perspective which somehow makes it even more dull for me. More speculative. I've got way too much I wanna read to waste time on something that's not grabbing my interest.

    15. Not a clear narrative, and not a comprehensive biography, but then it is not intended to be either. Mack's training in psychiatry is evident throughout, particularly in the final two chapters on Lawrence's sexuality and genera personality.

    16. Excellent. T.E. Lawrence and Sir Richard Burton are two of my favorite warrior/scholars. Deep thinkers, brilliant men who are also men of action. I read this quite a few years ago and remember it as one of the better bios of the 6=7 I've read on Lawrence.

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