Joshua Hammer

The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Joshua Hammer

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Authored by Joshua Hammer, one of today’s most seasoned journalists, "The Bad-ass Librarians" introduces readers to Abdel Kader Haidara, a mild-mannered historian and librarian from Timbuktu who morphed into one of the world’s greatest smugglers and pulled off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven. A true story, this “vivid, fast-paced narrative” (Kirkus Reviews) is a tale of triumph and positivity that takes place in the Islamic world—something that has sadly been missing in recent months, and arguably recent years.

Joshua Hammer

Joshua Ives Hammer is an American journalist and foreign freelance correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek and in Europe.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony.

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