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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.

#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.

#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.