The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City of Gold

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This book is a dramatic true adventure. It is the first book-length account of Laing's expedition. It appeals to readers of travel, exploration, and adventure writing and was extracted in the travel section of national newspaper eg "FT". This is the incredible true story of Alexander Gordon Laing and the race to discover Timbuktu during the early part of the 19th century - a time when the African continent was still largely uncharted. In the first decades of 19th century, no place burned more brightly in the imagination of European geographers and fortune hunters, than the lost city of Timbuktu. Like the mythical city of El Dorado, the very real Timbuktu held the promise of wealth and fame. Whoever got there first was guaranteed worldwide renown. Yet, though many had tried, no European explorer had been there and returned since the Middle Ages. In 1824, the French Geographical Society offered a cash prize for the first expedition from any nation to return from Timbuktu. The British, unwilling to depend on the fate of one explorer, sent several "African travelers" on their way.

"The Race for Timbuktu" focuses on two of these men: Alexander Gordon Laing, the book's protagonist and "voice," and Hugh Clapperton, the man who would become his greatest rival. The book follows Laing and Clapperton on their arduous journeys across the unforgiving Sahara, in constant battle against the elements, illness, attack, and time, to be the first white man to reach the fabled gates of Timbuktu. The story of their expeditions also serves as a narrative history of the European colonization of Africa, the "Great Scramble" that resulted in nearly every square yard of Africa occupied by European nations. "The Race for Timbuktu" offers a close personal look at the extraordinary people and pivotal events of 19th century African exploration that changed the course of history and the shape of the modern world.

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An engrossing and well-organised account…[Frank Kryza] paints a vivid portrait of the contradictory characters of the many rival explorers. -- The Economist, January 7, 2006

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The incredible true story of Alexander Gordon Laing and the race to discover Timbuktu during the early part of the 19th century??a time when the African continent was still largely uncharted. In the first decades of 19th century, no place burned more brightly in the imagination of European geographers??and fortune hunters??than the lost city of Timbuktu. Like the mythical city of El Dorado, the very real Timbuktu held the promise of wealth and fame. Whoever got there first was guaranteed worldwide renown. Yet, though many had tried, no European explorer had been there and returned since the Middle Ages. In fact, Europeans knew more about the geography of the moon than they did of North and Central Africa. In 1824, the French Geographical Society offered a cash prize for the first expedition from any nation to return from Timbuktu. The announcement fueled the already intense rivalry between the French and the British for control of the African interior. The British, unwilling to depend on the fate of one explorer, sent several African travelers on their way. The Race for Timbuktu focuses on two of these men: Alexander Gordon Laing, the book s protagonist and voice, and Hugh Clapperton, the man who would become his greatest rival. Though their superiors had hoped the men would work together, instead the two became fierce opponents, each convinced that discovery of Timbuktu was his fate alone. The Race for Timbuktu follows Laing and Clapperton on their arduous journeys across the unforgiving Sahara, in constant battle against the elements, illness, attack, and time, to be the first white man to reach the fabled gates of Timbuktu. The story of their expeditions also serves as a narrative history of the European colonization of Africa including the competition between England and France to stake out African claims, the collusions of Arabs and Africans against Europeans over the slave trade, and the violent confrontation of Islam with Christianity. As a result of the Great Scramble launched by African travelers missions, in less than a century, nearly every square yard of Africa would be occupied by European nations. The Race for Timbuktu offers a close personal look at the extraordinary people and pivotal events of 19th century African exploration that changed the course of history and the shape of the modern world. Bookseller Inventory # POW9780060560645

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The incredible true story of Alexander Gordon Laing and the race to discover Timbuktu during the early part of the 19th century??a time when the African continent was still largely uncharted. In the first decades of 19th century, no place burned more brightly in the imagination of European geographers??and fortune hunters??than the lost city of Timbuktu. Like the mythical city of El Dorado, the very real Timbuktu held the promise of wealth and fame. Whoever got there first was guaranteed worldwide renown. Yet, though many had tried, no European explorer had been there and returned since the Middle Ages. In fact, Europeans knew more about the geography of the moon than they did of North and Central Africa. In 1824, the French Geographical Society offered a cash prize for the first expedition from any nation to return from Timbuktu. The announcement fueled the already intense rivalry between the French and the British for control of the African interior. The British, unwilling to depend on the fate of one explorer, sent several African travelers on their way. The Race for Timbuktu focuses on two of these men: Alexander Gordon Laing, the book s protagonist and voice, and Hugh Clapperton, the man who would become his greatest rival. Though their superiors had hoped the men would work together, instead the two became fierce opponents, each convinced that discovery of Timbuktu was his fate alone. The Race for Timbuktu follows Laing and Clapperton on their arduous journeys across the unforgiving Sahara, in constant battle against the elements, illness, attack, and time, to be the first white man to reach the fabled gates of Timbuktu. The story of their expeditions also serves as a narrative history of the European colonization of Africa including the competition between England and France to stake out African claims, the collusions of Arabs and Africans against Europeans over the slave trade, and the violent confrontation of Islam with Christianity. As a result of the Great Scramble launched by African travelers missions, in less than a century, nearly every square yard of Africa would be occupied by European nations. The Race for Timbuktu offers a close personal look at the extraordinary people and pivotal events of 19th century African exploration that changed the course of history and the shape of the modern world. Bookseller Inventory # POW9780060560645

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Book Description Ecco, New York, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. In the first decades of the 19th century, no place burned more brightly in the imagination of European geographers - and fortune hunters - than the lost city of Timbuktu. Africa's legendary City of Gold, not visited by Europeans since the Middle Ages, held the promise of wealth and fame for the first explorer to make it there. In 1824, the French Geograhical Society offered a cash prize to the first expedition from any nation to visit Timbuktu and return to tell the tale. Unwilling to trust in the slender chances of a lone explorer, the British sent several on their way. One of the contenders was Major Alexander Gordon Lang, a thirty-year-old army officer. Handsome and confident, he was confinced that Timbuktu was his destiny and his ticket to glory. Drawing on Laing's dynamic correspondence including passionate letters to his beloved Emma Warrington and gossip-laden official reports, this book follows Laing's arduous trek across an unforgiving Sahara, battling unpredictable elements, crippling illness, vicious attacks - and the clock - to be the first white man in centuries to reach the gates of Timbuktu. This book offers a close, personal look at the extraordinary people and privotal events of nineteenth-century African exploration that changed the course of history and the shape of the modern world. 322 pages with index and notes. Maps and other illustrations included. Black 1" remainder mark on the bottom. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4 Quantity Available: 1. Category: History::Explorers; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003479. Bookseller Inventory # 003479

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