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The sword and the cross : two men and an empire of sand

Author: Fergus Fleming
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Offers an account of the exploration of the Sahara that focuses on the exploits and experiences of two men--Charles de Foucauld, a one-time sensualist who abandoned his decadent lifestyle for a religious vocation, and Henri Laperrine, the founder of a legendary camel corps.
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Named Person: Charles de Foucauld; Henri Laperrine; Charles de Foucauld; Henri Laperrine; Henri Laperrine; Charles de Foucauld
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fergus Fleming
ISBN: 080211752X 9780802117526 9780802141736 0802141730
OCLC Number: 52090693
Description: x, 349 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Absinthe and Barracks 1 --
2 A Painful Void 20 --
3 Into the Desert 28 --
4 Reconnaisance au Maroc 41 --
5 Senegalese Hooligans 63 --
6 The Monk's Friend 78 --
7 From Algiers to the Congo 96 --
8 'Think that you are going to die a martyr' 119 --
9 Beni Abbes 132 --
10 Laperrine's Command 156 --
11 A Tour of the Interior 167 --
12 Towards the Hoggar 184 --
13 'I choose Tamanrasset' 198 --
14 White Marabout 219 --
15 Djanet 238 --
16 Hermit of Assekrem 254 --
17 'It is the hour of my death' 269 --
18 Dune Flights 283 --
19 The Dying Days 301.
Responsibility: Fergus Fleming.

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Offers an account of the exploration of the Sahara that focuses on the exploits and experiences of two men--Charles de Foucauld, a one-time sensualist who abandoned his decadent lifestyle for a religious vocation, and Henri Laperrine, the founder of a legendary camel corps.

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"[Fleming's] meticulous research and fascination with the physical hardships faced by men bent on discovery and conquest are on impressive display."

 
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