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Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

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Back Bay Books

Imported from USA

A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story 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 perilous heart of the Sahara.
The western Sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and
thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In August 1815, the US brig
Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James
Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival
in the face of human hostility, starvation, dehydration, death and despair.
Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither
spoke their language nor cared for their plight. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles
across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their
humanity and their sanity. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger
of those who would keep them in captivity.
From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing Saharan sands, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man,
Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, brotherhood,
and survival.

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