A succinct and successful summary of the past, present and future of this surprisingly busy desert --Michael Palin
A wonderful book that is as rich as the Sahara is austere; educational, informative and inspiring. --Tim Butcher, author of Blood River and Chasing the Devil
A painstaking study of a remarkable terrain and its equally extraordinary inhabitants --Mick Herron, Geographical Magazine
With the `Arab Spring' affecting much of North Africa, this book provides a very useful introduction to exactly how the region has reached its present situation. --Dr Trevor James, Historical Association
The enormous research that must have been undertaken to compile such a work is a great credit to Eamonn Gearon. It is a well written book that armchair and desert travellers will appreciate. Explorers should certainly have a copy in their libraries. --Col. John Blashford-Snell, OBE, President of the Scientific Exploration Society
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CONQUERED and CURSED: From the 50,000-strong army of Cambyses, swallowed in a sandstorm in the Sixth century BC, to the US Marines first foreign engagement, in 1805, countless invaders have fought and died from the heart of the desert "to the shores of Tripoli." The legion of names includes Hannibal and his elephants, Caesar against Anthony and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, the Armies of Islam, Napoleon, and Rommel versus Monty.
MYTHS and MYSTERIES, from ANCIENT EMPIRES to MODERN NATIONS: From whales in the White Desert to the arrival of camels in the Great Sand Sea; from chariots of the gods to motor-cars of the colonialists; from the Land of the Dead to Timbuktu; mines of salt and gold, fields of oil and gas, and a Man-Made River.
ARTISTS, WRITERS, and FILMMAKERS: From the ancient rock art of the Tassili frescoes to the modernist canvases of Matisse and Klee; From Ibn Battuta to Paul Bowles, via St. Augustine and Saint-Exupéry; From Beau Geste's French Foreign Legion to the inter-stellar Star Wars, via Ice Cold in Alex and The English Patient. The Sahara inspired them all.
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