Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts summary º eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF

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In the s a young of Timbuktu Epub #217 adventurer and collector for a government library Abdel Kader Haidara journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River tracking down and Bad Ass Librarians PDFEPUBsalvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara a Librarians of Timbuktu Kindle #215 mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of th. Having lived in Mali and having visited the libraries of Timbuktu I can say the book is an accurate retelling of an amazing effort by the people of Timbuktu to maintain and preserve an international treasure The book was informative well written and exciting because it happened in one of the least well known but very famous cities on Earth I ve walked the streets and talked with the people involved and enjoyed all the memories the narrative brought back Their courage in the face of death dealing terrorists was remarkable their communal silence about the treasures they were protecting is inspirational

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Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

Urnalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before Librarians of Timbuktu And Their ePUB #196 reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremis. Fascinating and inspiring story of how one man tracked down thousands of rare and ancient manuscripts many of them hidden in the desert in Mali and then had to launch a rescue mission to save them from Islamic militantsVery readable and informative it reads like a story Hammer has an extensive knowledge of the area and has spoken to diplomats military figures and ordinary people involved in rescuing the manuscripts There is enough political and military detail to give context but the focus remains on the cultural heritage and the impact of the jihadi takeover on the libraries The mission to save the manuscripts has heartstopping moments as exciting as any thrillerThought provoking exciting and poignant and very topical with the current wave of iconoclastic destruction Well worth a read

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E world's greatest and most brazen smugglers In thousands of Al aeda militants Librarians of Timbuktu And Their ePUB #196 from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the past years jo. Having spent 37 years as a professional librarian they had me at the title In the middle of the book the author takes a lengthy excursion through north African history but you need a little background on Mali and its neighbors to appreciate the project carried out by this librarian They may have over done that part Nonetheless his work was much challenging than anything I did in library acuisitions in the US and the Bahamas If you have no interest in libraries or Africa or Islam or history you probably aren t reading this review anyway The interest you have in any or all of those subjects the you ll enjoy this book


11 thoughts on “Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

  1. says:

    This is a fascinating tale and well told by Joshua Hammer. But there are quibbles, most of which we can attribute to the publisher's editors and fact checkers.
    Proofing/editing errors are scattered throughout th

  2. says:

    Timbuktu, often considered to be a metaphor for any faraway place, is actually a very fascinating city rich in history and c

  3. says:

    Having lived in Mali and having visited the libraries of Timbuktu I can say the book is an accurate retelling of

  4. says:

    I hated this book but managed to finish for my reading group because I was allowed to skip the part I hated which was about all the re

  5. says:

    Having spent 37 years as a professional librarian, they had me at the title! In the middle of the book the author takes a lengthy excursion through north African history, but you need a little background on Mali and its neighbors to appreciate the project carried out by this librarian. They may have over done that part. Nonetheless, his work was much challenging than anything I did in library acquisitions in t

  6. says:

    The core story is fascinating. A window into an ancient world I never imagined, and the fascinating story of a person who first helped to reveal the scope and intellectual fervor of that world, and then at great personal risk managed to save most of its treasures from modern barbarians. A 5 star tale, if there ever was one! But t

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book. It was a nicely paced story, clearly related of the saving of the old manuscripts of Timbuktu. The events and characters were easy to picture and follow and I was quickly drawn into the story.
    I would have loved details on the gathering of the manuscripts in the first place a few years ago there was a chapter related to this but it seems that this is another whole interesting story. I al

  8. says:

    Fascinating and inspiring story of how one man tracked down thousands of rare and ancient manuscripts, many of them hidden in the desert in Mali, and then had to launch a rescue mission to save them from Islamic m

  9. says:

    this is a good real life story an all the engaging for that fact. Uniquely bemusing, touchingly impressive (an in 1 instance quite galling, bewildering and bitterly disappointing). Technically I found the title a little misleading. Especially with it being written by an american, i get the impression americans have a rep for hype. As any1 remotely cynical may have realized. The main protagonist who at the time of the brief Taliba

  10. says:

    Thoroughly recommend this fascinating book. Eminently readable, story follows Haidara a Timbuktu librarian as he saves thousands of historical manuscripts. Covers contemporary events, fanaticism and learning. A story of our times.

  11. says:

    Gripping story and a great book for anyone who loves books. Found the politics a bit simplistic in parts.

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