T. E. Lawrence led a remarkable life, capturing the imaginations of millions of people, and altered the course of history in the Middle East. As a British liaison officer during World War I, he helped turn the tide of the Arab Revolt by providing guns, money, and new tactical ideas—virtually inventing modern insurgency and guerrilla warfare—as a small Arab coalition fought successfully against the control of the Ottoman Empire. Michael Korda, Henry Kissinger and Adam Gopnik discuss Lawrence’s life, separating fact from legend, and examine the impact of Lawrence’s activities on modern politics in the Middle East and on world history.
Michael Korda is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster and the author of many books, most recently, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.
Henry A. Kissinger was the 56th United States Secretary of State and a former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Adam Gopnik (moderator) is an award-winning journalist who has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is the author of several books, including Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.