To his admirers, T.E. Lawrence, known around the world as "Lawrence of Arabia," was a courageous military leader. To his critics, he was a manipulative liar who exaggerated his own role in the Arab uprising against the Turks. And to movie lovers ... he was simply a great character. What’s true and what’s false about Lawrence of Arabia varies quite a bit, depending on who you ask. Who was he, really?
Michael Korda is an admirer of Lawrence. He’s the author of a new, vigorously researched book called “Hero: the Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.” He joins us by phone to dispel myths and share secrets about the most famous westerner ever to set up camp in the Arab world.