Knud Holmsboe was a young Danish convert to Islam, independent-minded and with strongly held beliefs about freedom and justice. Desert Encounter is a gripping and passionate account of his travels in a 1920s Chevrolet through the North African desert. His respect for the fortitude and heroism of the desert Arabs increases as his journey takes him into areas occupied by Mussolini's black shirts, where he witnesses appalling Italian atrocities, and despairs of the emptiness of Western civilisation. This book is not only a tremendously exciting travelogue through some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world; it is also particularly relevant today for Holmsboe's dispassionate and balanced views of Islam and those who practise the faith, in times when an understanding of the events of the past are vital for an understanding of the present. I loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough.