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The Lost Kingdoms Of Africa: Through Muslim Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel Paperback – 19 Jan 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (19 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034911708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349117089
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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fast-moving, atmospheric and very readable (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

The book throws light on one of the most obscure regions of Africa, and I found it most entertaining and enlightening. I recommend it highly to the armchair traveller. (IRISH EXAMINER)

An atmospheric and timely story that highlights the growing desperation and anger in these marginalised desert societies. (GLOBAL)

A searingly intelligent portrait of a region the world seems determined to overlook. (TRAVEL AFRICA)

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Jeffrey Tayler travels 2,500 miles across the Sahel by truck, taxi, bus and boat to present a personal account of one of the continent's least-known regions - that of Muslim Africa.

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A travelogue through some of the most geopolitically-negelected parts of the world

The author crossed overland from Chad to Senegal, visiting among others the Djourab, Maiduguri, Zinder, and Timbuktu. As an American he expects to encounter hostility - this is post Twin Towers - but on the whole finds nothing but welcome, gentle curiosity, and the odd acrimonious hawker seeking to take advantage.
The scenes are well described and lively, though the harshness of the Sahelian landscape is perhaps a little overdone (it was harmattan season, though). The ultimate conclusion he comes to is not a happy one. He encounters grinding poverty and hopelessness and wonders how it is that we can allow this unfairness to continue. It will, he predicts, provide a fertile breeding ground for terrorists. The contrast between the current situation, and that of say 500 years ago, when this part of the world saw famous and wealthy kingdoms and empires rise, is another sobering thought.
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This book is an account of the authors travels along the western half of the Sahel from Chad toSenegal.(the Sahel is the strip of land that runs from the Red Sea to the Atlantic and separates the Sahara desert from the Savannah area, it is up to 1000k in places and the residents are mostly Moslem.
Between the 7th and 18 centuries there were mmany kingdoms along the authors route which he explores.Although welcomed in most places he met with tyrany,corruption and anti Christian bigotry.His anecdotes are wonderful but not unexpected.
An excellent book but should have had pictures. There is no index.
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HASH(0x8947e648) out of 5 stars expertly written 19 Feb. 2008
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This book is the reason why people want to travel. Exploring forgotten about lands, meeting engaging people, learning about cultures and trying to make the world a better place for all. Expertly written it draws the reader into the world of the Sahel, which is a place rarely any of us Westerners will be able to see. Intelligent, compassionate, and engaging.
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