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this is a terrific book if you have a deep interest in the geography of the middle east, customs of the tribes people, history of the people in the Middle East and love for detail. This author is of Swiss origin (Basel) and his way of thinking and writing match that of a Swiss watch. Precise and very defined. The book was written over 200 years ago, therefore the way he expresses himself is vastly different plus, English is his second language. (followed by Arabic as his third language).
I loved every line and found him quite humorous at times in how he describes his observations of the lands in which he travels, the people he meets and interactions he has with other travelers.
What made him famous were his rediscoveries of Abu Simbel, Egypt and Petra, Jordan.