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My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou - An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara Paperback – 24 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (24 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885156
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Noël Coward once said that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Journalist Jeroen van Bergeijk, whose chronicle of an auto-misadventure across the Sahara, piloting his used 190D from Amsterdam to Ouagadougou inMy Mercedes Is Not for Sale, is Dutch. You do the math. Crazy-making is also often funny-making, and van B's musings on subjects like the state of African commerce (Things in Africa come in two forms: broken or almost broken. ) inform the armchair traveler about the real on-the-road experience in ways Baedeker and Lonely Planet never could. In a place where border delays may be measured in days rather than minutes, our explorer has learned to pass his idle time wisely: not only do we hear digressions, related in some detail, about the history of the Paris to Dakar Rally and the disastrous expeditions to map out the desert in advance of a never-completed Trans-Sahara Railway, we also meet every previous owner of his humble Mercedes and travel to the factory in Bremen where it was built two decades ago. Places like Mauritania, Togo, Burkina Faso and Benin will likely never rank with France, Mexico, The Bahamas or even China as a potential vacation destination. But thanks to a crazy Dutchman who boldly went where few men ever go, entertaining us every kilometer of the way, I m dusting off the old passport and thinking . . . maybe a visit to Disneyland would be nice this summer. --Thane Tierney, BookPage magazine, July 2008

An inspiring and accessible old-school adventure story...A classic road trip tale of a Dutchman driving a clapped out Mercedes across the Sahara to West Africa to sell it at a profit. --Adventure Travel Magazine, September 2008

About the Author

Jeroen Van Bergeijk is a journalist based in Amsterdam and has written for The New York Times, Wired, and many other publications in Europe and the United States.


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