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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts - Joshua Hammer
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
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To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.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,... show more
To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.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
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781476777405 (1476777403)
ASIN: 1476777403
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
4.0 THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU by Joshua Hammer
The title is a little misleading. While this does deal with the collection of the ancient manuscripts hidden in and around Timbuktu and through Mali, it deals more with the cultural and social history of Timbuktu as well as current events. The story of the manuscripts is interesting--how they were g...
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
4.0 misleading title, but very interesting
First off, this book is in many ways only peripherally about "the world's most precious manuscripts." Really it's a look at the rise and fall of Al Qaeda in Mali. It's incredibly interesting and well researched, but not at all what it claims to be. The effort to save the manuscripts was incredib...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 Great premise but does not live up to the title at all.
An 'Ocean's Eleven'-style heist to save works, manuscripts, writings, etc. from the incoming Al Qaeda? Sold. Unfortunately, this completely did not live up to the title or the supposed story. Author Hammer tells us the story of Abdel Kader Haidara and his attempts to find, restore, and collect anc...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
2.0 The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
I really wish that I had liked this more. A great initial start of the book eventually flounders when Mr. Hammer starts going into the unrest in the Mali region and how that impacted Timbuktu. I think just a few pages here and there would have been enough to set the scene. Instead the entire book re...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.5 The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer
How could I resist a book with this title? Even without the title, I would have been tempted by this book. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts, by Joshua Hammer tells the story of Abdel Kader Haidara and the people of Timbuktu and the surr...
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