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The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu - The Quest For This Storied City And The Race To Save Its Treasures (Paperback) Loot Price: R258
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The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu - The Quest For This Storied City And The Race To Save Its Treasures (Paperback): Charlie English

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The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu - The Quest For This Storied City And The Race To Save Its Treasures (Paperback)

Charlie English

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Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend.

To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.

Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.

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Imprint: William Collins Publishing
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 2017
Authors: Charlie English
Dimensions: 233 x 152 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 400
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-818490-2
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Museums & museology
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > African history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > African history > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
Books > History > African history
Books > History > African history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
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LSN: 0-00-818490-9
Barcode: 9780008184902

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