The First World War, with its horribly bloody trench warfare, produced few heroes. But after the war, the British were told that a short, blue-eyed, Irish-English officer named T.E. Lawrence had donned Arab robes and led an audacious and dashing Arab revolt against Britain’s enemies in the Middle East. They were told this tale most compellingly by a young American journalist, Lowell Thomas, whose multimedia show — part of which was titled “Lawrence in Arabia” — played in front of three million people from 1919 to 1924 in New York, London and across much of the English speaking world, and more than 4 million people in all. Lawrence had been a low-ranking officer, removed from the central battles of the war. Yet the British and much of the English-speaking world had their hero.
Lowell Thomas: Lawrence was man of action and a scholar.