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

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts (Audio CD / Audio)

By Hammer, Joshua
Read by Boehmer, Paul

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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 o...f desert farmers. His goal was to preserve this crucial part of the world's patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, he organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. This real-life thriller is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty and imagination of their culture. It is also the story of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.
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ISBN 9781665150279
Released NZ 1 Mar 2021
Publisher HighBridge Audio
Format Audio CD/Audio
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ISBN-13 9781665150279
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Publisher HighBridge Audio
Imprint HighBridge Audio
Released 1 Mar 2021
Publication Country
Format Audio CD/Audio
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Hammer, Joshua
Read by Boehmer, Paul
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Library & Information Services
African History
Islamic studies
Terrorism, Freedom Fighters, Armed Struggle
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 191mm
Dewey Code 025.82096623
Weight Not specified - defaults to 400g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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