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Death in the Sahara:

The Lords of the Desert and the Timbuktu Railway Expedition Massacre

Asher, Michael


Editeur - Casa editrice

Skyhorse Publishing

Africa del Nord
Sahara
Mali

Anno - Date de Parution

2008

Pagine - Pages

286

Titolo originale

Death in the Sahara: The Lords of the Desert and the Timbuktu Railway Expedition Massacre

Lingua originale

Lingua - language - langue

eng


Death in the Sahara:  

In 1880, an ill-fated French expedition headed across the Sahara to investigate the possibility of building a railroad across the desert for the quick exportation of salt, gold, and ivory to Europe. The expedition turned into a massacre of the French by the native Tuareg. These "lords of the desert" were a rather ruthless lot that robbed, starved, and tricked many strangers, or invaders, as a means of survival in one of the harshest climates on Earth. At first seeming to be sincere guides on the expedition, they double-crossed the French, leading them into traps, dead ends, and hostile areas. Asher (Khartoum) has written an impressively detailed account of this expedition, using firsthand sources such as French Foreign Legion reports and letters and narratives by French survivors (a dozen of the 100 or so men managed to survive the 1000-km trek back north after being attacked). This well-told story is recommended for high school and public library collections on Africa and on European incursions there.