The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Score: 3.5
From 176 Ratings

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  • Author : Joshua Hammer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476777436


The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu Book Description :

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 jour...

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Score: 3.5
From 176 Ratings

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  • Author : Joshua Hammer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476777405


The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu Book Description :

Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali....

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Score: 3.5
From 176 Ratings

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  • Author : Joshua Hammer
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2016-08-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781952534416


The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu Book Description :

Hammer has pulled off the truly remarkable here-a book that is both important and a delight to read ... It is also an inspirational reminder that, even as the forces of barbarism extend their thrall across so much of the Muslim world, there are still those willing to risk everything to preserve civilization. A superb rendering of a story that needs to be told.' - Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia 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 a...

The Falcon Thief
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Falcon Thief


  • Author : Joshua Hammer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-02-11
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501191893


The Falcon Thief Book Description :

A rollicking true-crime adventure 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 his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales. So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey. The Falco...

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu


  • Author : Charlie English
  • Publisher : William Collins
  • Release Date : 2018-05-17
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0008126658


The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu Book Description :

'An exemplary work of investigative journalism that is also a wonderfully colourful book of history and travel' Observer, Books of the Year 'A piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity... [written with] exceptional delicacy and restraint' TLS The fabled city of Timbuktu has captured the Western imagination for centuries. The search for this 'African El Dorado' cost the lives of many explorers but Timbuktu is rich beyond its legends. Home to many thousands of ancient manuscripts on poetry, history, religion, law, pharmacology and astronomy, the city has been a centre of learning since medieval times. When jihadists invaded Mali in 2012 threatening destruction to Timbuktu's libraries, a remarkable thing happ...

The Storied City
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Storied City


  • Author : Charlie English
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698197145


The Storied City Book Description :

“Timbuktu is a real place, and Charlie English will fuel your wanderlust with true descriptions of the fabled city’s past, present, and future.” –Fodor’s Two tales of a city: The historical race to “discover” 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 tantalizing 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 af...

Rogue Heroes

Rogue Heroes


  • Author : Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771060311


Rogue Heroes Book Description :

The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends -- the untold story of one of WWII's most important secret military units. Ben Macintyre's latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II -- Britain's Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes -- David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team ...

Linked Data for Libraries  Archives and Museums

Linked Data for Libraries Archives and Museums


  • Author : Seth van Hooland
  • Publisher : Facet Publishing
  • Release Date : 2014-06-18
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781856049641


Linked Data for Libraries Archives and Museums Book Description :

This highly practical handbook teaches you how to unlock the value of your existing metadata through cleaning, reconciliation, enrichment and linking and how to streamline the process of new metadata creation. Libraries, archives and museums are facing up to the challenge of providing access to fast growing collections whilst managing cuts to budgets. Key to this is the creation, linking and publishing of good quality metadata as Linked Data that will allow their collections to be discovered, accessed and disseminated in a sustainable manner. This highly practical handbook teaches you how to unlock the value of your existing metadata through cleaning, reconciliation, enrichment and linking and how to streamline the process of new metadata creation. M...

Summary of Joshua Hammer s the Bad ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Summary of Joshua Hammer s the Bad ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  • Author : Sumoreads
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2017-07-31
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1974021971


Summary of Joshua Hammer s the Bad ass Librarians of Timbuktu Book Description :

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 history many are unfamiliar with. This SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis is here to he...

The Full Catastrophe
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Full Catastrophe


  • Author : James Angelos
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385346498


The Full Catastrophe Book Description :

A transporting, good-humored, and revealing account of Greece’s dire troubles, reported from the mountain villages, idyllic islands, and hardscrabble streets that define the country today In recent years, small Greece, often associated with ancient philosophers and marble ruins, whitewashed villages and cerulean seas, has been at the center of a debt crisis that has sown economic and social ruin, spurred panic in international markets, and tested Europe’s decades-old project of forging a closer union. In The Full Catastrophe, James Angelos makes sense of contrasting images of Greece, a nation both romanticized for its classical past and castigated for its dysfunctional present. With vivid character-driven narratives and engaging reporting that of...