Recommended Reading: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Coco Éclair recommended The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts Hardcover by Joshua Hammer.

From The Economist book review:

JOSHUA HAMMER’S new book, “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu”, traces the story of hundreds of thousands of medieval texts as they are rescued in 2012 from near-destruction by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda in Mali. It is at once a history, caper and thriller, featuring a superherolibrarian, Abdel Kader Haidara, as the saviour of an entire culture’s heritage.

Of course, she had me at the title.

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