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Sand, Wind, and War: Memoirs of a Desert Explorer

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Records the work, travels, and adventures of one of the last of the great British explorers, a man who served in both world wars and carved out a special niche in science through his studies of desert sands.
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by University of Arizona Press
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Jonathan
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting memoir, modestly written, by an intellectually and physically courageous and durable man, of the sort who maintained the British Empire. He’s mainly known today as the founder of the lengendary Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) which conducted behind-the-lines surveillance and raiding against the Italians and Germans in Libya during World War II. For those interested in the LRDG, a good portion of the memoir is devoted to Bagnold’s war, and is preceded by his pre-war desert explorati ...more
Marieke
The author, an English gentleman and sister of the woman who wrote , wrote this memoir in his nineties, originally intending it to be for his family. his life was really interesting so thankfully he was convinced to publish it as a book for the general public. the tone is conversational and he sometimes makes quirky little remarks at the end of a thought, sharing the memory of a detail that isn't at all relevant to the point of the particular story he had just shared. I quite enjoyed that and ch ...more
Mark
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A memoir of an amazing life. I started this because I was researching WW2's Long Range Desert Group for my wargame podcast. That's part of this story from its founder, but Bagnold's autobiography has many more tales than that. What a delight to find it ultimately crossed indirectly to my own work with spacecraft on the surface of Mars. ...more
Keith
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are even the least bit interested in history or fascinating individuals, read this book. Ralph Bagnold was a fascinating person and this book continually amazed me. I wish I could have met him in person. Unfortunately it's hard to find a copy for less than several hundred dollars but if you're in Minnesota the MNLink system is generous enough to lend it to your local library. ...more
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Brigadier Ralph Alger Bagnold, FRS[1] OBE, (3 April 1896 – 28 May 1990) was the founder and first commander of the British Army's Long Range Desert Group during World War II. He is also generally considered to have been a pioneer of desert exploration, an acclaim earned for his activities during the 1930s. These included the first recorded east-west crossing of the Libyan Desert (1932). Bagnold wa ...more

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