Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  • Author: Joshua Hammer
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Africa
  • File Size: 9906250 Bytes


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) from the author of The Falcon Thief.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 schola...

Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings

The Falcon Thief


  • Author: Joshua Hammer
  • Release Date : 2020-02-11
  • Genre: True Crime
  • File Size: 5489304 Bytes


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 Falcon T...

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...

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 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...

Yokohama Burning
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Yokohama Burning


  • Author : Joshua Hammer
  • Publisher : Free Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0743264665


Yokohama Burning Book Description :

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 re-creates harrowing scenes of death, escape, and rescue. He also places the tumultuous events in the context of history and demonstrates how they set Japan on a path to even greater tragedy. At two minutes to noon on Saturday, September 1, 1923, life in the two cities was humming along at its usual pace. An international merchant fleet, an early harbinger of globalization, floated in Yokohama harbor and loaded tea a...

The Fall of Baghdad

The Fall of Baghdad


  • Author : Jon Lee Anderson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-09-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1101200944


The Fall of Baghdad Book Description :

In the months leading up to the American invasion of Iraq, this New Yorker correspondent “embedded’ himself among the people of Baghdad and, along with a small number of other Western reporters, rode out the entire invasion and much of the subsequent occupation from inside the city. Jon Lee Anderson’s dispatches from Baghdad were immediately and widely recognized as the most important writing anyone was doing on the war anywhere, for any publication. In recognition of its significance, The New Yorker routinely held the magazine open an extra day and set up a special production team to deal with the pieces; around the office, comparisons to John Hersey’s fabled article “Hiroshima” were flying. The Fall of Baghdad is not a collection of New...

Farewell  Fred Voodoo
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Farewell Fred Voodoo


  • Author : Amy Wilentz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451644005


Farewell Fred Voodoo Book Description :

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, this is a brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic—and unreciprocated—affair with a country that has long fascinated the world. A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of Haiti, pursuing the heart of this beautiful and confounding land into its darkest corners and brightest clearings. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a journey into the depths of the human soul as well as a vivid portrayal of the nation’s extraordinary people and their uncanny resilience. Haiti has found in Amy Wilentz an author of astonishing wit, sympathy, and eloquence....

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...

Claude   Camille
Score: 3.5
From 26 Ratings

Claude Camille


  • Author : Stephanie Cowell
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307463227


Claude Camille Book Description :

Falling in love against the backdrop of 19th-century Paris, struggling impressionist artist Claude Monet and the enigmatic Camille Doucieux carve out a life together that is threatened by Camille's dark past. By the National Book Award-winning author of The Physician of London. Reprint....