published : 2023-08-21

Jack Carr: T.E. Lawrence's Profound Impact on Contemporary Warfare

Bestselling Author, Jack Carr, Advocates 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', as Necessary Reading in Today's Complex World

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Renowned author and former Navy SEAL sniper, Jack Carr, recognizes the lasting influence of T.E. Lawrence, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia and his seminal book, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'.

Carr laments on recent footage of the ongoing war in Ukraine but draws inspiration from his long-time hero, Lawrence.

Lawrence, born on Aug. 16, 1888, was a multi-faceted personality; a writer, cartographer, translator, archaeologist, and a soldier who played many roles during his lifetime.

Given the current global scenario with escalating tensions in the Middle East, Carr believes that Lawrence's work should be mandatory reading for anyone who seeks to understand the complex political, religious, and tribal dynamics of the region.

Carr, who has announced his new nonfiction series, ‘Targeted’, underscores the importance of Lawrence's book, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', stating, 'All men dream, but not equally.'

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He adds, 'Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.' 

Thomas Edward Lawrence was born in Tremadog in Wales, United Kingdom, and was reportedly one of five illegitimate children of the Seventh Baron of Westmeath.

He studied at Jesus College, Oxford between 1907 to 1910 and during this period developed interest in the Middle East.

Playing pivotal roles during World War I, Lawrence worked for British Intelligence and collaborated with Arab forces to triumph over the Turks.

His heroic feats during the war earned him the renowned title, 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

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Desiring anonymity after the war, Lawrence enlisted in the Royal Air Force under the name John Hume Ross, later changing it to T.E. Shaw.

His life ended abruptly in a motorcycle accident on May 19, 1935.

Carr, a New York Times bestselling author, is known for his book 'The Devil’s Hand', and his latest release, 'Only the Dead' (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, May 16, 2023).

He served as a Navy SEAL task unit commander and sniper with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.