The writing of this book was undertaken through ""a sense of what one might call 'cultural obligation' toward the Arab people one hand and the Western world on the other."" The author sets forth the view that Lawrence was not nearly so important in the Arab Revolt as he implied, and indeed moves on to the statement that ""deep within himself, Lawrence knew that the greater part of his fame was based on fraud."" He presents Lawrence as man show life was characterized by ""vagabondage, exaggeration, and unorthodoxy, one who loved adventure for its own sake."" He draws from Arab sources to follows Lawrence during the Revolt, in Damascus, in relation to Feisal then and later in Europe. Lawrence's brother comments on all this at the close. An other-view which attempts to shift perspective but will probably not undermine Lawrence's image in Europe and America.