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Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News


The first and definitive biography of an audacious adventurer—the most famous journalist of his time—who more than anyone invented contemporary journalism.

Tom Brokaw says: "Lowell Thomas so deserves this lively account of his legendary life. He was a man for all seasons."

“Mitchell Stephens’s The Voice of America is a first-rate and much-needed biography of the great Lowell Thomas. Nobody can properly understand broadcast journalism without reading Stephens’s riveting account of this larger-than-life globetrotting radio legend.” —Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of Cronkite

An autobiography by Lowell Thomas. An incite to the early days of television and broadcasting. This book of travel and exploration of faraway places may excite the adventurer in you. Published by Morrow in 1976.

In 1949, the Cold War escalating across Europe and Asia, the Tibetan Government  feared an imminent invasion by China. They decided to invite someone who could take a message back to President Truman, in the hopes that they would gain international support to halt the Chinese occupation. The invitation went out to the best known newsman of the day to tell their story to the world, Lowell Thomas. He was accompanied by his son Lowell Jr. They would visit Lhasa and meet the 15 year old Dalai Lama. The Thomases were among a handful of foreigners to ever brave this journey, others perishing in the attempt.


Traveling by horseback for many weeks from India, through the high Himalayas and on to Lhasa, the Thomases recorded their epic journey on movie film, photographs and in radio broadcasts. On their return, Lowell Sr. fell from his horse and broke his hip in eight places, making the journey almost impossible.


This film and gallery of images documents this adventure of a lifetime and is perhaps the last record of life in Tibet before it fell to the Chinese Army.

It was 1918 in Jerusalem, when the admiring young American scholar and journalist Lowell Thomas first met T.E. Lawrence. He went on to write With Lawrence in Arabia, a book that sparked the Lawrence of Arabia legend and was the basis of the celebrated film. With brilliant narrative verve, Lowell recounts the exploits of the young British agent who managed to weld disparate and warring Arab tribes into a formidable mobile fighting force—a guerilla army that would defeat the Turks in the Arab Revolt, sealing the fate of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East during World War I. On a canvas whose background is the fierce, inhospitable desert and in whose foreground stride the Emir Feisal, King Hussein I of the Hedjaz, the British General Allenby, and the strange, hypnotic figure of Lawrence himself, Thomas paints a vivid portrait of the “modern knight of Arabia.”

A compelling photographic overview of the life of Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt that he helped lead. This book provides many rare and unseen photographs to illustrate his role in the revolt and the people who fought with and against him. Joseph Berton has assembled an impressive selection of images, an important visual resource for military historians, figure modelers, and Lawrence enthusiasts. Photographs showing actual Arab robes worn by Lawrence, uniforms of Arab and Turkish soldiers and weapons, details of Bedouin clothing, camel saddles and rugs are provided with detailed captions. Photographs taken by Harry Chase, printed from original glass plate negatives, are also shown in amazing detail.

A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia is a British television film of 1992 depicting the experiences of T. E. Lawrence and Emir Feisal of the Hejaz at the Paris Peace Conference after the end of the First World War. One of the conference's many concerns was determining the fates of territories formerly under the rule of the defeated Ottoman Empire. The film stars Ralph Fiennes (in his first film role) as T. E. Lawrence, Alexander Siddig (then credited as Siddig El-Fadil) as Faisal, Denis Quilley as Lord Curzon, and Nicholas Jones as Lord Dyson. It was made by Anglia Films and Enigma Television, and was first screened on 18 April 1992 on the ITV network.

Lowell Thomas Archives 

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