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Atlantis of the Sands [Hardcover]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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1 Oct 1992
This is the account of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' 24-year search for the lost city of Ubar, the Koranic version of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Arabian Desert. The existence of Ubar has been reported by many travellers over the centuries including Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta and Bertram Thomas. Having searched for the site for many years, Sir Ranulph teamed up with an American film-maker in 1968 to track down the likely site. A complete excavation is being carried out with the support of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman in the remote Bedouin village of Shisr and will take up to ten years. The author's other books include his autobiography "Living Dangerously" and "The Feather Men".

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Book Club (BCA/BOMC) edition (1 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747513279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747513278
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles (by surface travel) and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth. In 1993 Fiennes was awarded the OBE because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £10 million for charity. In 2009 Sir Ranulph Fiennes became the oldest Briton to climb Everest. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 Great Britons Awards.

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3.0 out of 5 stars informative 26 Jun 2014
although not the best of fiennes books this is an interesting read and you can learn a lot if you keep an open mind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ubar 2 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I do not like this book for the following reasons.
1)the author seems to be obsessed with name dropping Royalty,Presidents,Prime ministers,Sultans and VIPs used at every opportunity.
2)the expedition to find Ubar does not get underway untill page 145 getting only 37 pages of the 182 pages.
3)the chapters have no headings only numbers-a basic error.
4)the picture on the dust cover of the author is ludicrous-why doesnt he grow up.
Definately not recommended.
If you are interested in Ubar read Nicholas Clapps book "The Road To Ubar"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 16 Jun 2004
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This book was my introduction to Ranulph Fiennes. I have been interested in the lost city of Ubar since reading about it in T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars. As a university student in 1973, I actually did some research into the mystery and even got so far as to trying to find funding to look for the city (it was to be my Graduate work in Archeology). That didn't work out so, many years later when I heard that the city had finally been found and that the explorer had written a book on the search, I immediately bought it and read, with delight, that someone had achieved my dream!
The book is well written and informative with good discriptions of the search, the people involved, and the logistics of the campaign. It also serves as a nice introduction to Mr, Fiennes. In both his fiction and non-fiction work he is an intelligent writer who always gives the reader something to "chew" on. I have now read seven of his books and, while this is not his best, it is still an informative and interesting read.
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