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Wilfred Thesiger is the last of the great British eccentric explorers, renowned for his travels through some of the most inaccessible places on earth. As a child in Abyssinia he watched the glorious armies of Ras Tafari returning from hand-to-hand battle, their prisoners in chains; at the age of 23 he made his first expedition into the country of the Danakil, a murderous race among whom a man's status in the tribe depended on the number of men he had killed and castrated. His books, "Arabian Sands" and "The Marsh Arabs", tell of his two sojourns in the Empty Quarter and the Marshes of Southern Iraq. In this autobiography, Wilfred Thesiger highlights the people who most profoundly influenced him and the events which enabled him to lead the life of his choice.
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In this autobiography, Wilfred Thesiger highlights the people who most profoundly influenced him and the events which enabled him to lead the life of his choice. An explorer of some of the most inaccessible places on earth. Other books by him include 'Arabian Sands' and 'The Marsh Arabs'.Review:
‘One of the few people who in our time could be put on the pedestal of the great explorers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.’
‘He is unquestionably, one of the greatest travellers the British have ever produced, the last of our recognizable primitives. He also writes with much distinction and honesty.’
Geoffrey Moorhouse, Daily Telegraph
‘A treasure galleon built to the same specifications as Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs... it is the record of a man magnificiently and unabachedly out of step with his times’
E.S Turner London Review of Books
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Book Description Flamingo, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110006372678
Book Description Flamingo. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0006372678 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0938729