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In 1824, the French Geographical Society offered a cash prize to the first expedition from any nation to visit Timbuktu and return to tell the tale. One of the contenders was Major Alexander Gordon Laing, a thirty–year–old army officer.

Author: Frank T. Kryza

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062030375

Category: Travel

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In the first decades of the nineteenth century, no place burned more brightly in the imagination of European geographers––and fortune hunters––than the lost city of Timbuktu. Africa's legendary City of Gold, not visited by Europeans since the Middle Ages, held the promise of wealth and fame for the first explorer to make it there. In 1824, the French Geographical Society offered a cash prize to the first expedition from any nation to visit Timbuktu and return to tell the tale. One of the contenders was Major Alexander Gordon Laing, a thirty–year–old army officer. Handsome and confident, Laing was convinced that Timbuktu was his destiny, and his ticket to glory. In July 1825, after a whirlwind romance with Emma Warrington, daughter of the British consul at Tripoli, Laing left the Mediterranean coast to cross the Sahara. His 2,000–mile journey took on an added urgency when Hugh Clapperton, a more experienced explorer, set out to beat him. Apprised of each other's mission by overseers in London who hoped the two would cooperate, Clapperton instead became Laing's rival, spurring him on across a hostile wilderness. An emotionally charged, action–packed, utterly gripping read, The Race for Timbuktu offers a close, personal look at the extraordinary people and pivotal events of nineteenth–century African exploration that changed the course of history and the shape of the modern world.
2011-03-29 By Frank T. Kryza

Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of ...

Author: Charlie English

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 0008126658

Category: Cultural property

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Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable
2018-05-17 By Charlie English

Author: Mohamed Shaid Mathee

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ISBN: OCLC:870156001

Category: Intellectuals

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“Timbuktu is a real place, and Charlie English will fuel your wanderlust with true descriptions of the fabled city’s past, present, and future.” –Fodor’s Two tales of a city: The historical race to “discover” one of the ...

Author: Charlie English

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698197145

Category: History

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“Timbuktu is a real place, and Charlie English will fuel your wanderlust with true descriptions of the fabled city’s past, present, and future.” –Fodor’s Two tales of a city: The historical race to “discover” one of the world’s most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalizing paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for “discovery” tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval center of learning, it was home to tens of thousands—according to some, hundreds of thousands—of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
2017-05-02 By Charlie English

... by Linda Lawrence Hunt A Furnace Afloat : The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300 - Mile Voyage of Its Survivors , by Joe Jackson Skeletons on the Zahara : A True Story of Survival , by Dean King The Race for Timbuktu ...

Author: Neal Wyatt

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838909361

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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With a focus on eight catagories including memoir, sports, and true crime, a readers' advisory guide includes coverage of the major authors and works, popularity, and style.
2007-05-14 By Neal Wyatt

Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

Author: Joshua Hammer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476777412

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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 were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world's patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door. Joshua Hammer writes about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world's greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.
2016 By Joshua Hammer

A happy Stan Myers enjoys a drink after our team won the five-hour endurance race in 1973 at Danville, Virginia. We had to use our backup parts motorcycle for the race, because I totaled my race bike earlier in the day.

Author: Gregory Frazier

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9781627881425

Category: Transportation

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The first-ever firsthand chronicle of Dr. Gregory W. Frazier’s never-ending motorcycle ride. A little over 40 years ago, a man named Gregory W. Frazier got on his motorcycle, went for a ride, and never returned. He’s still out there, circumnavigating the globe: exploring the jungles of Asia in the winter, trout fishing in Alaska in the summer, and covering all points in between during the rest of the year. He’s been shot at by rebels, jailed by unfriendly authorities, bitten by snakes, run over by Pamplona bulls, and smitten by a product of Adam’s rib. He’s circled the globe five times and has covered well over one million miles (and counting). During those past four decades, Dr. Frazier has been chronicling and photographing his around-the-world adventures, publishing 13 books on the subject (including one previous title for Motorbooks), the majority of which have been manuals for touring specific locations or general how-to-tour-by-motorcycle books. He has also produced 9 documentary DVDs on the same subject. But until now, nothing in print has encompassed the entirety of his worldwide motorcycle adventures. Now, for the first time, he has written his on-the-road autobiography that captures the whole of his extraordinary travels in words and images. Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu tells the amazing ongoing story of Dr. Frazier, one of the world’s single most well-traveled motorcyclists.
2014-04-15 By Gregory Frazier

The 1 Timbuktu Syndrome When I write from Timbuctoo, I shall detail precisely how I was betrayed, ... I have already done towards putting it right.1 The Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing was about to win the race for Timbuktu.

Author: Ruben Andersson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520967700

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

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War-torn deserts, jihadist killings, trucks weighted down with contraband and migrants—from the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands to the Sahara, images of danger depict a new world disorder on the global margins. With vivid detail, Ruben Andersson traverses this terrain to provide a startling new understanding of what is happening in remote “danger zones.” Instead of buying into apocalyptic visions, Andersson takes aim at how Western states and international organizations conduct military, aid, and border interventions in a dangerously myopic fashion, further disconnecting the world’s rich and poor. Using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement, and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger. The result is a vision of chaos crashing into fortified borders, with national and global politics riven by fear. Andersson contends that we must reconnect and snap out of this dangerous spiral, which affects us whether we live in Texas or Timbuktu. Only by developing a new cartography of hope can we move beyond the political geography of fear that haunts us.
2019-04-02 By Ruben Andersson

The first, because it represents the pinnacle lost African city of riches, and the second because it represents a water path that possibly leads deep into the heart of Africa. Frank T. Kryza, in The Race for Timbuktu, writes that, ...

Author: Tcho Mbaimba Caulker

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739134870

Category: History

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Tracing the development of British colonial administration in West Africa over the course of the long eighteenth century, Caulker illuminates the solidification of the administration as it goes through a learning process of power. This book analyzes the documents and treaties that the indigenous peoples of eighteen-century Sierra Leone made with their future British colonizers, and compares them with the writings of Adam Smith to uncover a colonial philosophy linking European economic success with the process of civilizing Africa through moral education. A discussion of other archival materials demonstrates the ways that an emerging anthropological science and pseudo-scientific methodology contributed to colonial ventures and exploration. The book concludes with an analysis of the postcolonial novel The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar, demonstrating that the study of this long eighteenth-century archive has as much to do with the present postcolonial era as it does with the period of African colonization.
2009-03-16 By Tcho Mbaimba Caulker

LINK TO PLACE The Great Mosques Timbuktu was home to three great medieval mosques that are still in existence today, though all three are ... FURTHER READING Kryza, Frank T. The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City of Gold.

Author: Sarolta Anna Takacs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317458395

Category: History

Page: 720

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Designed to meet the curriculum needs of students from grades 7-12, this five-volume encyclopedia explores the history and civilizations of the ancient world from prehistory to approximately 1000 CE. Organized alphabetically within geographical volumes on Africa, Europe, the Americas, Southwest Asia, and Asia and the Pacific, entries cover the social, political, scientific and technological, economic, and cultural events and developments that shaped the ancient world in all areas of the globe. Each volume explores significant civilizations, personalities, cultural and social developments, and scientific achievements in its geographical area. Boxed features include Link in Time, Link in Place, Ancient Weapons, Turning Points, and Great Lives. Each volume also includes maps, timelines and illustrations; and a glossary, bibliography and indexes complete the set.
2015-07-17 By Sarolta Anna Takacs

See also Joshua Hammer, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016), which was published after I completed this chapter.

Author: Shannon Mattern

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452955421

Category: Social Science

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For years, pundits have trumpeted the earthshattering changes that big data and smart networks will soon bring to our cities. But what if cities have long been built for intelligence, maybe for millennia? In Code and Clay, Data and Dirt Shannon Mattern advances the provocative argument that our urban spaces have been “smart” and mediated for thousands of years. Offering powerful new ways of thinking about our cities, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt goes far beyond the standard historical concepts of origins, development, revolutions, and the accomplishments of an elite few. Mattern shows that in their architecture, laws, street layouts, and civic knowledge—and through technologies including the telephone, telegraph, radio, printing, writing, and even the human voice—cities have long negotiated a rich exchange between analog and digital, code and clay, data and dirt, ether and ore. Mattern’s vivid prose takes readers through a historically and geographically broad range of stories, scenes, and locations, synthesizing a new narrative for our urban spaces. Taking media archaeology to the city’s streets, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt reveals new ways to write our urban, media, and cultural histories.
2017-11-01 By Shannon Mattern

ISBN: 9780688115852 Fifteen years after he and his best friend set out for but failed to reach Timbuktu, ... and Frank Kryza's The Race for Timbuktu: In Search ofAfrica's City of Gold, about 19th-century British explorers competing to ...

Author: Robert Burgin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610693851

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.
2013-01-08 By Robert Burgin

(Humanities Press, 1967); Social History of Timbuktu: The Role of Muslim Scholars and Notables, by Elias N. Saad (Cambridge University Press, 1983); The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture, ed.

Author: Steve Kemper

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393084061

Category: History

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"Kemper’s majestic account of Barth’s journey restores the reputation of an explorer who was as passionate about science as he was about rigorous travel. It’s an enthralling adventure, captivatingly told." —Ziauddin Sardar, Times (London) In 1840 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic North and Central Africa. One by one his companions died, but he carried on alone, eventually reaching the fabled city of gold, Timbuktu. His five-and-a-half-year, 10,000-mile trek ranks among the greatest journeys in the annals of exploration, and his discoveries are considered indispensable by modern scholars of Africa. In this historical adventure, the first book about Barth in English, Kemper goes a long way toward rescuing this fascinating figure from obscurity.
2012-06-25 By Steve Kemper

The common name of the race in Timbuktu and thereabout is Wangara , pl . Wangarawa ; and this term , which has puzzled geographers so much and caused so much dispute about a country Wangara , is nothing but the name of the Mandingoes .

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ISBN: UOM:39015027751018

Category: African Americans

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... Ousmane God's Bits of Wood Presses Pockets , 1960 The above are four of the best - known contemporary Malian novels translated into English . Kryza , Frank T The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa's City of Gold Ecco , 2006.

Author: Ross Velton

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1841622184

Category: Travel

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The third edition of Bradt’s Mali has been thoroughly updated, and includes new sections on Mali’s festivals, music and musicians.
2009 By Ross Velton

They might as well be betting on a camel race in Timbuktu. Give them colorful names and convincing odds, and they'd put their last dollar on Sultan's Delight in the fourth at six to one. Once the race had concluded, everyone relaxed ...

Author: Robert Bruce Stewart

Publisher: Street Car Mysteries

ISBN: 9781938710070

Category: Fiction

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Boodlers, and pikers, and sly boots, …oh my! It’s December 1901, when the paths of three of the era’s notable characters cross in the nation’s capital: the Wizard of Oz, the Countess von Schnurrenberger und Kesselheim, and Harry Reese, insurance investigator. Harry has come to Washington in order to solve a string of jewelry thefts. But first he must match wits with a throng of thirsty newspapermen, a pack of rapacious lobbyists, and a young devotee of the Wizard’s. And as is usual, his dear wife Emmie has her own agenda. . For more information on the series, please visit: HarryReeseMysteries.com keywords: mystery, humorous mystery, cozy mystery, funny mystery, historical mystery, Harry Reese Mystery, 1900, Washington, DC, P.G. Wodehouse, PG Wodehouse, parody, Edmund Crispin, Nick and Nora, Wodehouse mystery, free mystery, free wodehouse, The Thin Man, free, freebie
2013-06-11 By Robert Bruce Stewart

Booklist , December 1 , 2005 , George Cohen , review of The Race for Timbuktu : In Search of Africa's City of Gold , p . 15 . Economist , January 7 , 2006 , review of The Race for Timbuktu , p . 75 . Kirkus Reviews , November 1 ...

Author: Julie Mellors

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0787678775

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.
2006-10 By Julie Mellors

Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton Jamie Smith. Combine. An ad hoc team that you will be forced to recruit when your real teammates neglect to inform you that they're not driving 6 hours to Timbuktu to race a 20-minute crit. Cover.

Author: Jamie Smith

Publisher: VeloPress

ISBN: 9781937716486

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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In Reading the Race, race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race--and see how to win it. Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you're in it to win it, you need race smarts. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up a sprint--on every page, Horner and Smith reveal new secrets to faster racing and better results. Smith and Horner dissect common mistakes, guiding riders with lessons learned from decades of racing experience. Reading the Race reveals the veteran's eye view on: Assembling the best possible team Crafting strategies around the team, course, and rivals Reacting instantly to common scenarios Making deals and combines Breaks, echelons, blocking Pack protocol and etiquette Finishing in the prize money or on the podium Winning the group ride Whether you're a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ for better racing.
2013-09-13 By Jamie Smith

Kyrza, Frank T. The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City of Gold. New York: Harper Collins, 2006. Langewiesche, William. Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert. New York: Vintage Books, 1996. Marrozi, Justin.

Author: Matt Lang

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781502628596

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Between the sixth and sixteenth centuries, trade flourished between sub-Saharan Africa and Arab cultures. Traders exchanged gold, slaves, cloth, and salt along the trans-Saharan routes. This trade was directly responsible for seismic shifts in African economies and the foundation of new empires. This book explores how this complex trade network shaped the history of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
2017-07-15 By Matt Lang

'The Timbuktu Manuscripts', in NEPAD Dialogue, Issue 242, in section 2: NEPAD Broadens Stakeholder Understanding of its African Development Agenda. Online weekly, English edn, 12 September, www.nepad.org. ... The Race for Timbuktu.

Author: Yvette Hutchison

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526103246

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This book explores how South Africa is negotiating its past in and through various modes of performance in contemporary theatre, public events and memorial spaces. It analyses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a live event, as an archive, and in various theatrical engagements with it, asking throughout how the TRC has affected the definition of identity and memory in contemporary South Africa, including disavowed memories. Hutchison then considers how the SA-Mali Timbuktu Manuscript Project and the 2010 South African World Cup opening ceremony attempted to restage the nation in their own ways. She investigates how the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park embody issues related to memory in contemporary South Africa. She also analyses current renegotiations of popular repertoires, particularly songs and dances related to the Struggle, revivals of classic European and South African protest plays, new history plays and specific racial and ethnic histories and identities.
2015-11-01 By Yvette Hutchison