The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by
When al-Qaeda took over the city of Timbuktu, in 2012, Abdel Kader Haïdara, a librarian and the focus of this book, knew that the city's collection of Islamic and secular manuscripts, which numbered over 300,000 volumes, would be destroyed. Gone would be the history and culture of Timbuktu's golden era. With a little help from his librarian friends, and under some unbearable conditions and threats, these manuscripts escaped to tell their story.
The book is a story about the many supporters, friends and relatives who risked their lives to protect what Haidara described as "the city's heritage," and the "heritage of all humanity."
-- Joan Parks (Library)