Librarians aren’t often thought of as the world’s most daring citizens. But when one librarian came face-to-face with Al Qaeda in the 1980s, he began a quest to protect and preserve ancient manuscripts that were surely facing doom.
It sounds like something out of a Hollywood screenplay, but the story of Abdel Kader Haidara is real. His experience is now the subject of Joshua Hammer’s latest book, “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts.” Hammer joins Patt Morrison.
Joshua Hammer, former bureau chief for Newsweek and the author of “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts”