Sahara Unveiled : A Journey across the Desert, by William Langewiesche

The author traveled from Algiers on the Mediterranean Sea to Timbuktu and Dakar, in buses, trucks, hired cars and finally a river boat at the end of his journey. He passed through the Sahara in Algeria, Mali, Niger and ended in Mauritania staying in towns build around oases and gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of French colonialism and of the ethic groups such as the Tuareg that have lived in the desert for hundreds of years. This fascinating place is brutal and unforgiving to people, animals and vegetation; better to visit via these pages than actually to go there.

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RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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