Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale

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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 5, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Nobleman, writer, adventurer and inspiration for the swashbuckling gun runner in the Adventures of Tintin, Henri de Monfried lived by his own account ‘a rich, restless, magnificent life’ as one of the great travellers of his or any age. Infamous as well as famous, his name is inextricably linked to the Red Sea and the raffish ports between Suez and Aden in the early years of the twentieth century. This is a compelling account of how de Monfried seeks his fortune by becoming a collector and merchant of the fabled Gulf pearls, then is drawn into the shadowy world of arms trading, slavery, smuggling and drugs. Hashish was the drug of choice, and de Monfried writes of sailing to Suez with illegal cargos, dodging blockades and pirates.

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This is a memoir by French adventurer Henry de Monfried detailing the history of one of his more high risk business enterprises. He was a French nobleman in the 1920s who had all sorts of ... Read full review

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For a while I was the only one in LT who said they'd read this book, in this or any of its other titles: "Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale," "Hashish: Autobiography of a Red Sea Smuggler," and merely ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Henry de Monfreid (1879-1974) was an adventurer, seaman and smuggler. His publications include Secrets of the Red Sea and Sea Adventures.

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