The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post). 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. “Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey….Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) 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 “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Joshua Hammer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-19 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post). In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government
Summary of Joshua Hammer's the Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Language: en
Pages: 30
Authors: Sumoreads
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-31 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. Joshua Hammer's harrowing tale, "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" tells the story of the secret mission to smuggle almost 400,000 manuscripts from Timbuktu in a fascinating and in-depth look at a piece of
The Falcon Thief
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Categories: True Crime
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-16 - Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A “well-written, engaging detective story” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs—and the wildlife detective determined to stop him. On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to
A Season in Bethlehem
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Joshua Hammer
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-06-03 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Follows the story of the Palestinian uprising, covering such topics as Israel's most wanted guerilla leader, the Israeli invasion of Bethlehem, and the standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
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Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Joshua Hammer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-05 - Publisher: Free Press

Yokohama Burning is the story of the worst natural disaster of the twentieth century: the earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis of September 1923 that destroyed Yokohama and most of Tokyo and killed 140,000 people during two days of horror. With cinematic vividness and from multiple perspectives, acclaimed Newsweek correspondent Joshua Hammer

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