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Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

#166: Lawrence’s Private Plans for the Arabs Future

Aired Monday, August 12, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   25 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Lawrence’s view of the Sykes-Picot agreement, his private plan for an Arab future.

#165: The Greedy Sykes-Picot Agreement

Aired Monday, July 1, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   25 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon discuss the disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement concerning the establishment of an Arab nation.

#164: Lawrence—Bottle-Washer, Office Boy Pencil-Sharpener and Pen-Wiper

Aired Monday, June 24, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon discuss T. E. Lawrence’s expert skills working for the Cairo Intelligence office.

#163: Lawrence on Assignment in Cairo, Part 2

Aired Monday, June 17, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon continue their discussion of T. E. Lawrence on assignment in Cairo, the brain trust, Lawrence’s dislike of Cairo, and his unique ability to assess military strategy.

#162: Lawrence on Assignment in Cairo

Aired Monday, June 10, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon discuss Lawrence’s unusual entrance into the military at the beginning of World War I, the Winston Churchill–Earl Kitchener tension over strategy, and Lawrence's friction with military commanders.

#161: Espionage at Carchemish

Aired Monday, June 3, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s extra-archaeological activities—the construction of the exhibition house—and his gun-running and espionage adventures as preparation for the Arab revolt against the Turks.

#160: Dig Challenges at Carchemish

Aired Monday, May 27, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss the Carchemish dig challenges, how T. E. Lawrence won the hearts of the Arabs, and his experience with the raucous Kurds.

#159: Young Lawrence and Carchemish, Part 2

Aired Monday, May 20, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s Arabic language education, Carchemish as his preparation for the Arab revolt against the Turks, and the young Lawrence in his element.

#158: Young Lawrence and Carchemish

Aired Monday, May 13, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s association with famed archaeologist David Hogarth, why the British were so interested in Carchemish, and Lawrence’s ability to get his own way.

#157: Lawrence at Oxford

Aired Monday, May 6, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s early years at Oxford.