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

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Skyhorse Pub., 2008 - History - 286 pages
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Desert explorer Michael Asher investigates the most disastrous exploration mission in the history of the Sahara. In 1880, the French government ordered a surveying expedition for a railway that would bring the fabulous wealth of Timbuktu, in French Sudan, to Paris. This trek should have heralded a new era of French prosperity. Instead, it was a deadly fiasco. Under-armed in hostile territory, and foolishly employing the enemy as guides, the one hundred men of the expedition were ambushed and stranded without camels or supplies in the deserts of southern Algeria. Many were killed outright, and for four months the survivors were menaced by the Tuareg, the "lords of the desert," robbed, starved, and tricked into eating poisoned fruit. To escape, the men hid in the wastelands of the Sahara with little hope of finding food or water. They were finally forced to eat their own dead, or, worse, the merely weak. Only a dozen malnourished men lived to tell their tale. The story of their 1,000 mile journey is one of the most astonishing narratives of survival ever recorded. With a "superb grip of narrative and uncanny ability to evoke battle scenes" (The Guardian), Michael Asher has written an amazing true story that is as dramatic as it is frightening.

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

User Review  - Jerry Jackson - Goodreads

While reading this book, the author's vivid description of the Hoggart Mountain desert landscape enticed me to search the internet to see if it was possible to visit the area and do some hiking (yes ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

In 1877 the French conceived an idea to build a railroad connecting the southern most French outpost in Algeria across the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu. The exploration expedition which was ambushed by ... Read full review

Contents

An Ocean of Lies
107
Avenge Flatters
223
Epilogue
265
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Michael Asher is an SAS veteran, desert explorer, and a fellow of the RoyalSociety of Literature. He lives in Morocco.

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