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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.

#156: Lawrence’s Late Teen Years

Aired Monday, April 29, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s troubled late teen years, his stint in the regular army, his desire to be free of the discipline of his mother, Sarah, and his cottage hideaway.

#155: Lawrence’s Family Life, Part 2

Aired Monday, April 22, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, along with guest Deborah Leap, discuss T. E. Lawrence’s life as a child and teenager, taken from Chapter 3, “The Family Romance,” of Michael Korda’s Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

#154: Lawrence’s Family Life, Part 1

Aired Monday, April 15, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, along with guest Deborah Leap, discuss the unconventional relationship between T. E. Lawrence’s parents, taken from Chapter 3 of Michael Korda’s The Family Romance.

#153: The Lawrence Legend Begins, Part 2

Aired Monday, April 8, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and the 60 Plus One Panel, Deborah Leap and James Brandon, discuss the adverse geographic conditions for the invasion of Aqaba, the problems with the British Army working with Arabs, and the endemic problems of the Arabs.

#152: Aqaba: The Lawrence Legend Begins

Aired Monday, April 1, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and the 60 Plus One Panel, Deborah Leap and James Brandon, discuss the Sykes-Pico Agreement and the strategic importance of taking the port city of Aqaba away from the Turks.

#151: Hero’s Cast of Supporting Characters, Part 2

Aired Monday, March 25, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the politicians and military personnel associated with T.E. Lawrence as he fought in the Arabic war against the Turks.

#150: Hero’s Cast of Supporting Characters

Aired Monday, March 18, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the politicians and military personnel who associated with T. E. Lawrence when he fought in the Arabic war against the Turks.

#149: Hero Finds His Arabic Hero, Part 2

Aired Monday, March 11, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap describes the development of the strong bond between Lawrence and Feisal, as recounted in Michael Korda’s book Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

#148: Hero Finds His Arabic Hero

Aired Monday, March 4, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the first meeting between T. E. Lawrence and Emir Feisal, as discussed in Michael Korda’s book Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

#147: Who Is This Extraordinary Pip-squeak?, Part 2

Aired Monday, February 25, 2019   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses T. E. Lawrence’s leadership skills—his fearlessness, strong will, ability to think deeply, skill at sizing up the character of others, and more—from Chapter 1 of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, by Michael Korda.