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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

by Joshua Hammer
Paperback
Publication Date: 04/04/2017
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In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world's patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.
    Joshua Hammer writes about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world's greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.
ISBN:
9781476777412
9781476777412
Category:
Communication studies
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
04-04-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
212.72x139.7x17.78mm
Weight:
0.23kg
Joshua Hammer

Joshua Hammer was born in New York and graduated from Princeton University with a cum laude degree in English literature. He joined the staff of Newsweek as a business and media writer in 1988, and between 1992 and 2006 served as a bureau chief and correspondent-at-large on five continents.

Hammer is now a contributing editor to Smithsonian and Outside, a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and has written for publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Conde Nast Traveler, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Atavist.

He is the author of three non- fiction books and has won numerous journalism awards. Since 2007 he has been based in Berlin, Germany, and continues to travel widely around the world.

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