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

by Hammer, Joshua

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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.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, salvaged tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of Timbuktu threatening to destroy the great manuscripts. Haidara organized a dangerous, though ultimately successful, operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali, preserving the world's literary heritage.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring and entertaining account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

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Item Type English Books
Publication Date 2016/08
Publisher Allen & Unw (US)
ISBN 9781760294489

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