Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the

Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts In the s, 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 , thousands of Al Qaeda 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 , volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the pastyears, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda 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 extremismIn the s, 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 BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mildmannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglersIn , thousands of Al Qaeda 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 , volumes out of the city to the safety of southern MaliOver the pastyears, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali'sand the world'sliterary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers neverbeforereported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all, The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism In the s, 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 BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mildmannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglersIn , thousands of Al Qaeda 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 , volumes out of the city to the safety of southern MaliOver the pastyears, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali'sand the world'sliterary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers neverbeforereported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all, The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism [PDF / Epub] ❤ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✅ Ellen A. Easton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a young adventurer and collector for a government library ❰BOOKS❯ ✬ The Light Over London Author Julia Kelly – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Abdel Kader Haidara ➶ [Reading] ➸ Cell By Robin Cook ➫ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River [Reading] ➶ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ✅ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu ➾ [Download] ➾ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➳ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers In [Read] ➱ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, Author China Miéville – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali [Epub] ➟ Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law [Reading] ➮ Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, ➶ Drew Hayes – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk chopped off the hands of accused thieves ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Dangerous By Amanda Quick ❤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk stoned to death unmarried couples [PDF / Epub] ★ Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion ✈ Napoleon Hill – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu ➼ [Download] ➹ Agile Software Requirements By Dean Leffingwell ➹ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all [BOOKS] ✪ The Last Kids on Earth By Max Brallier – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the pastyears [PDF] ✩ Fusiliers By Mark Urban – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda 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 ❂ [EPUB] ✺ The Martian By Andy Weir ➛ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremismIn the s [PDF / Epub] ❤ Tarot for Magical Times ✅ Rachel Pollack – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a young adventurer and collector for a government library [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Maze at Windermere By Gregory Blake Smith – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Abdel Kader Haidara ❮EPUB❯ ✺ Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Author Lisa Randall – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River [EPUB] ✺ The American Nurse Author Carolyn Jones – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara [Download] ➼ The Life Project By Helen Pearson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a mildmannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu [EPUB] ✸ The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon By Brad Stone – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglersIn [KINDLE] ❅ Dangerous Desire Author Diane Escalera – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali ❴PDF❵ ✪ Dangerous Heat Author Diane Escalera – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law ❰Read❯ ➮ Linemates Author D.K. Dunn – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk chopped off the hands of accused thieves [Download] ➵ Millennial Hospitality Author Charles James Hall – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk stoned to death unmarried couples [PDF] ✓ The Little Book of Puns Author Alison Westwood – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu [Ebook] ➭ Silencing the Birds of Darkness ➬ D.K. Olukoya – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all ➵ [Reading] ➷ Birds, Beasts, and Bandits By Krupakar ➪ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk volumes out of the city to the safety of southern MaliOver the pastyears ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Tainted Sword (The Penhaligon Trilogy, By D.J. Heinrich ⚣ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali'sand the world'sliterary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers neverbeforereported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all ❴Read❵ ➳ Famouz Author Anton Corbijn – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism In the s [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations ✐ Yahiya Emerick – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a young adventurer and collector for a government library ➱ The Light Between Oceans Lire ➹ Auteur M.L Stedman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Abdel Kader Haidara [PDF] ❤ The Accidental Startup By Danielle Babb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River [KINDLE] ❅ Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, By Douglas Adams – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara [Download] ➶ The Man in the High Castle Author Philip K. Dick – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a mildmannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu ❰Download❯ ➻ Red Famine Author Anne Applebaum – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglersIn [Lire] ➪ Notre-Dame de Paris Auteur Victor Hugo – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali ➹ [Download] ➵ Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg By Ignatius Zakka I Iwas ➼ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Dangerous Desire By Diane Escalera ✼ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk chopped off the hands of accused thieves ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ 21 Leçons pour le XXIème siècle Auteur Yuval Noah Harari – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk stoned to death unmarried couples [Read] ➯ A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires By Nina Bangs – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu ➜ [Epub] ❧ A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, By Cait London ➦ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all [Reading] ➹ In Darkest London By Margaret Harkness – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk volumes out of the city to the safety of southern MaliOver the pastyears [Lireing] ➼ Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) Par Tom Clancy – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali'sand the world'sliterary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers neverbeforereported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all ❃ [EPUB] ✻ Naturalistless By Christopher Rizzo ➜ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The BadAss Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism


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13 thoughts on “Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

  1. says:

    This is a fascinating tale and well told by Joshua Hammer But there are quibbles, most of which we can attribute to the publisher's editors and fact checkers.Proofing/editing 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 70,000 tons of weapons In fact they carry 70,000 pounds of weapons.The book was apparently written in


  2. says:

    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 B.C 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 an


  3. says:

    Having lived in Mali and having visited the libraries of Timbuktu I can say the book is an accurate retelling of an amazing effort by the people of Timbuktu to maintain and preserve an international treasure The book was informative, well written and exciting because it happened in one of the least well known but very famous cities on Earth I've walked the streets and talked with the people involved and enjoyed all the mem


  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 personal risk managed to save most of its treasures from modern barbarians A 5 star tale, if there ever was one! But the author looses his narrative skills when he describes the Islamic terrorists who wanted to destro


  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 project carried out by this librarian They may have over done that part Nonetheless, his work was much challenging than anything I did in library acquisitions in the US and the Baha


  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 meaningless tasks, The Bad Ass Librarians performed truly heroic work and without weapons or viole


  7. says:

    This book tells a terrific story that is frequently 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 quest to collect as many manuscripts as possible The last part was about the actual transfer of most of t


  9. says:

    I enjoyed this book It was a nicely paced story, clearly related of the saving of the old manuscripts of Timbuktu The events and characters were easy to picture and follow and I was quickly drawn into the story.I would have loved details on the gathering of the manuscripts in the first place a few years ago there was a chapter related to this but it seems that this is another whole interesting story I also would have loved some phot


  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, and then had to launch a rescue mission to save them from Islamic militants.Very readable and informative, it reads like a story Hammer has an extensive knowledge of the area and has spoken to diplomats, military figures and ordinary people involved in rescuing the manuscripts There is enough


  11. says:

    this is a good real life story an all the engaging for that fact Uniquely bemusing, touchingly impressive (an in 1 instance quite 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 cynical may have realized The main protagonist who at the time of the brief Taliban takeover of


  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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