Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review.
What an adventure! What happens when you provoke a scholarly librarian? When you threaten irreplaceable and historical treasures? You'll enjoy this book of saving the written word and priceless artwork (between gasps and held breaths).

The descriptions of the countryside, the people, and the old manuscripts vie with the heart-pounding tale of saving cultural objects for future generations.

In this age, when we hear about IS and other extremist groups destroying the heritage of their people, it is refreshing to know that some treasures have been preserved. History is not entirely wiped clean.

The book is compelling: it tells a good story in an interesting way. As a bonus, you'll gain insights into Africa, terrorism, and the communities that resist and fall along the way. Highly recommended.

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