The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
by Joshua Hammer
To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post).In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara...
Jan 01, 2019It belonged at least on my runners-up list! The story of how hundreds of thousands of Islamic manuscripts were laboriously brought together into a magnificent library, and then, in a reminder of why they were originally hidden in the sands, threatened by terrorism, and rescued once again. Badass librarians indeed! – source