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Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

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- A crucial, forgotten chapter of American history--immortalized in a survivor's firsthand account that became one of the bestselling books in 19th-century America and influenced Abraham Lincoln's, thoughts on slavery--is brilliantly retold for a new generation.- Currently in its fourth hardcover printing, SKELETONS ON THE ZAHARA appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and spent four weeks on the extended New York Times list.- The film rights to SKELETONS ON THE ZAHARA have been optioned by Dreamworks.- In the reading group guide bound into this edition, Dean King describes his own contemporary adventures in the Sahara, where be attempted to trace the sailors' fateful odyssey.

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A painstakingly researched and excellently written narrative of an early 19th century shipwreck (of a boat sailing from the US), upon the coast of Africa -- and the subsequent kidnapping of the crew members who were brutally used as slaves on a camel train trekking through the desert. The captured men endured starvation and severe dehydration, but carried on with the determination to be eventually freed -- even in the midst of their agonies -- through a brilliant but extremely hazardous ploy used by the captain of the ship, which was put to the test, after their arduous and painful journey ended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316159357
Author:
King, Dean
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
KING, DEAN
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Sahara Description and travel.
Subject:
Africa, North Description and travel.
Subject:
Nautical-Shipwrecks
Subject:
Nautical - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
351
Dimensions:
8.28x6.62x1.11 in. .75 lbs.

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» Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 351 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316159357 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , - A crucial, forgotten chapter of American history--immortalized in a survivor's firsthand account that became one of the bestselling books in 19th-century America and influenced Abraham Lincoln's, thoughts on slavery--is brilliantly retold for a new generation.- Currently in its fourth hardcover printing, SKELETONS ON THE ZAHARA appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and spent four weeks on the extended New York Times list.- The film rights to SKELETONS ON THE ZAHARA have been optioned by Dreamworks.- In the reading group guide bound into this edition, Dean King describes his own contemporary adventures in the Sahara, where be attempted to trace the sailors' fateful odyssey.
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