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A Vanished World

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Wilfred Thesiger's photography career started during a hunting expedition to Ethiopia at age twenty. Three years later he returned to explore the Awash River and photograph the ferocious Danakil, who were reputed to mutilate any traveler they encountered. In the Sudan he photographed the Muslim tribes in Northern Darfur, pagan Nuer in the Western Nile swamps, and magnifice ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2001)
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Dec 20, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: David Bailey wannabes and anyone who has sand in their heart
A few weeks ago I reviewed The Life of My Choice by Wilfred Thesiger by Wilfred Thesiger and heaped a whole sand dunes worth of praise onto Thesiger's life story and his quest to understand, participate in and see a world which even then was rapidly disappearing. This is heapy praise review number two where I start to create a small dune system of praise.

When Thesiger was not exploring for the Royal Geographic Society, representing Queen and country as an ambassador or writing epic books describing his experiences crossing the Empty Q
This book is very difficult to find and when found can be very expensive. Alone, it is a book with wonderful black and white images of Africa and the middle east principally dating from the 1920's through the early 1980"s. My compulsion to find and read this book came from my love of the author's book, "Arabian Sands. Since I finished that book I have searched for a copy of this book which is the pictorial history of the desert journeys described in "Arabian Sands" and puts a face on people and ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Not only are Thersiger's photographs excellent, his descriptions of his years of travel with the inhabitants of the Empty Quarter of what is now Saudi Arabia is personal yet a compelling story of how people live in what I might call a hostile environment and they simply call "home". He has a style for revealing the inner character of not only his traveling companions but also those they encountered and avoided. A compelling story of some of the Arabicc tribes and families in the early 1900s.

Aug 22, 2008 a rated it it was ok
Mostly pictures and very little commentary about what the author/photographer experienced (pictures taken long before publication, would be a good companion book while reading history of the middle east)
Nov 23, 2009 Daphne rated it really liked it
Yes, it's a picture book. But, ah......... what pictures. The perfect companion to "Arabian Sands".
Jan 10, 2008 Brian rated it liked it
beautiful photographs to look at while reading arabian sands
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Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, CBE, DSO, was a British explorer and travel writer born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Thesiger was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford University where he took a third in history. Between 1930 and 1933, Thesiger represented Oxford at boxing and later (1933) became captain of the Oxford boxing team.

In 1930, Thesiger returned to Africa, havin
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