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Perspectives: Fromkin and Korda on the Cairo Conference

Conflicting assessments by David Fromkin and Michael Korda on the Cairo Conference.

From David Fromkin’s “The Importance of T.E. Lawrence,” The New Criterion, Volume 10, September 1986:

“The public believed Thomas’s account; so that when Lawrence became an adviser to Winston Churchill his appointment overshadowed all others. His reputation grew. He passed off his fantasies as history, and in the years to come, Lawrence was to claim far more credit for his share in Churchill’s achievements as Colonial Secretary, than was his due.”

From Michael Korda’s Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, 2010:

“If anything, [Lawrence] underplayed the importance of his role in the war and as Churchill’s adviser on Middle Eastern affairs after the peace.”