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The storied city : the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past / Charlie English.

English, Charlie, (author.).

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  • 1 out of 1 copy are currently available at Rome Branch.

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NONFIC 966.23 ENGLISH
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Item details

  • ISBN: 9781594634284
  • ISBN: 1594634289
  • Physical Description: 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc.:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Prolog: Enterprise and genius -- Occupation -- A seeker of manuscripts -- A wide but extended blank -- Hell is not far away -- The fourth traveler -- Al-Qaeda to the rescue -- Frogs and rosbifs -- Ismael's list -- Destruction -- The armchair explorer -- The headless horseman -- The pope of Timbuktu -- Secret agents -- Liberation -- Lives of the scholars -- The terrible twosome -- King Leopold's paperweight -- Auto-da-fé -- Chronicle of the seeker -- An Indiana Jones moment in real life! -- Manuscript fever -- The myth factory -- Epilog.
Summary, etc.:
The story of how a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts into hiding when al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable. -- from dust jacket.
Subject: Tombouctou (Mali) > Discovery and exploration.
Tombouctou (Mali) > Antiquities.
Mali > History > Tuareg Rebellion, 2012- > Destruction and pillage.
Manuscripts, Arabic > Mali > Tombouctou.
Libraries > Destruction and pillage > Mali > Tombouctou.
Islamic learning and scholarship > Mali > Tombouctou.
Cultural property > Protection > Mali > Tombouctou.
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