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  1. says:

    This is a fascinating tale and well told by Joshua Hammer But there are uibbles most of which we can attribute to

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    Timbuktu often considered to be a metaphor for any faraway place is actually a very fascinating city rich in history and culture Located between the Sahara Desert and the Niger River in the West African nation of Mali it dates back to 200 BC It was one of the greatest academic centers in the world for religion arts math and sciences Abdel Kader Haidara has spent much of his life searching for centuries old books and ma

  3. says:

    Having lived in Mali and having visited the libraries of Timbuktu I can say the book is an accurate retelling of a

  4. says:

    The core story is fascinating A window into an ancient world I never imagined and the fascinating story of a person who first helped to reveal the scope and intellectual fervor of that world and then at great per

  5. says:

    Having spent 37 years as a professional librarian they had me at the title In the middle of the book the author takes a lengthy excursion through north African history but you need a little background on Mali and its neighbors to appreciate the

  6. says:

    If this were a tale it would be a good one That these are recent events is just astounding I remember following the terrorist invasion into the north of Niger and Mali but nothing related to the preservation of the people's cultural treasures While Hollywood makes movies of improbable and unimaginative heros performing essentially m

  7. says:

    This book tells a terrific story that is freuently ignored or overlooked in western media Sometimes it gets a bit complicated but the author does a good job of explaining the players Downside it really could have done a better job with the actual movement of the materials from Timbuktu to Bamako not in terms of details don't want to give away the trade secrets but the drama and emotion was muted Muted is not bad ass

  8. says:

    I hated this book but managed to finish for my reading group because I was allowed to skip the part I hated which was about all the recent fighting and jihad business in and around Timbuktu That was ½ the book The rest was interesting and the writing was good The first part gave the history leading up to the manuscripts and the u

  9. says:

    I enjoyed this book It was a nicely paced story clearly related of the saving of the old manuscripts of Timbuktu

  10. says:

    Fascinating and inspiring story of how one man tracked down thousands of rare and ancient manuscripts many of them hidden in the desert in Mali

  11. says:

    this is a good real life story an all the engaging for that fact Uniuely bemusing touchingly impressive an in 1 instance uite galling bewildering and bitterly disappointing Technically I found the title a little misleading Especially with it being written by an american i get the impression americans have a rep for hype As any1 remotely cyn

  12. says:

    Thoroughly recommend this fascinating book Eminently readable story follows Haidara a Timbuktu librarian as he saves thousands of historical manuscripts Covers contemporary events fanaticism and learning A story of our times

  13. says:

    Gripping story and a great book for anyone who loves books Found the politics a bit simplistic in parts

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N 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 incredible story of how Haidara a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers In 2012 thousands of Al aeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the past 20 years journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism. If this were a tale it would be a good one That these are recent events is just astounding I remember following the terrorist invasion into the north of Niger and Mali but nothing related to the preservation of the people s cultural treasures While Hollywood makes movies of improbable and unimaginative heros performing essentially meaningless tasks The Bad Ass Librarians performed truly heroic work and without weapons or violence Organized and led by Mr Haidara they used their wits and their cultural patrimony not just books but whole libraries under the noses of some of the most ruthless killers roaming the world today I found myself wondering if I would have the courage to do the same These are real heroes and everyone should know and praise them A fine book and an excellent read it was just too short The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase into obscurity The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the The Tunnel incredible story of how Haidara a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers In 2012 thousands of Al aeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali Secretos del Cosmos including Timbuktu They The Secret Treasons imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the past 20 years journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and مريض الوهم is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before reported details about the militants' march The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, is an Doctor y campeón inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism. If this were a tale La corruptrice it would be a good one That these are recent events Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves is just astounding I remember following the terrorist The Purpose-Guided Universe invasion The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion into the north of Niger and Mali but nothing related to the preservation of the people s cultural treasures While Hollywood makes movies of The Academy improbable and unimaginative heros performing essentially meaningless tasks The Bad Ass Librarians performed truly heroic work and without weapons or violence Organized and led by Mr Haidara they used their wits and their cultural patrimony not just books but whole libraries under the noses of some of the most ruthless killers roaming the world today I found myself wondering Full Dark, No Stars if I would have the courage to do the same These are real heroes and everyone should know and praise them A fine book and an excellent read If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, it was just too short

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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 incredible story of how Haidara a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglersIn 2012 thousands of Al aeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern MaliOver the past 20 years journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism I. This is a fascinating tale and well told by Joshua Hammer But there are uibbles most of which we can attribute to the publisher s editors and fact checkersProofingediting errors are scattered throughout the book The author says Northwestern University is in Chicago It is in Evanston The text says B 52 bombers carry 70000 tons of weapons In fact they carry 70000 pounds of weaponsThe book was apparently written in sections and characters are re identified in chapter after chapterIt s nit picking I know but that s what editors proof readers and fact checkers are for

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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 incredible story of how Haidara a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers In 2012 thousands of Al aeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the past 20 years journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism. This book tells a terrific story that is freuently ignored or overlooked in western media Sometimes it gets a bit complicated but the author does a good job of explaining the players Downside it really could have done a better job with the actual movement of the materials from Timbuktu to Bamako not in terms of details don t want to give away the trade secrets but the drama and emotion was muted Muted is not bad ass

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