Synopses & Reviews
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.
- 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.
About the Author
Dean King is the author of the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara. He has written for many publications, including Men's Journal, Esquire, Garden and Gun, Granta, Outside, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.