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Bad-ass librarians of timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts

Author: Joshua Hammer
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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 had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Hammer
ISBN: 1476777411 9781476777412
OCLC Number: 952647431
Description: 278 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Joshua Hammer.

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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.  Read more...

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