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by Eamonn Gearon


Eamonn Gearon is an author, Arabist, and analyst. Gearon's career goal has been the development of understanding and insight between the Greater Middle East and the West. Gearon is best known for his book The Sahara: A Cultural History (2011)

Eamonn Gearon is an author, Arabist, and analyst. Gearon is best known for his book The Sahara: A Cultural History (2011). Gearon is also a desert explorer. In 1997, he began his lifelong education in desert survival, navigation and camel husbandry.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part of the picture.

Sahara: A Cultural History it's just snippets of stuff with an overarching theme.

Sahara: A Cultural History. by. Eamonn Gearon (Goodreads Author). Seriously, it's like a couple dozen of those little essays you get in English exams to test your reading comprehension - both in the level of interest and in the level of writing.

Listen to author Eamonn Gearon speak with Steve Gilmour at Talk Radio Europe about his new book "The Sahara: A Cultural History. 4. Turning Points in Middle Eastern History.

Publisher Information. First published in 2011 by. Signal Books Limited.

Out now. English English. Parts two and three of The Sahara: A Cultural History serve as a sweeping history of the Sahara from ancient Egypt’s Land of the Dead to the armies of Islam and finally to the 20th century calls for independence from Saharan nations. This expansive historical sweep is much more readable than other histories thanks to lighter, interspersed stories and anecdotes like a section debunking camel myths. Woe to any foolhardy reader who dares call camels lazy.

Eamonn Gearon explores the history, culture, and terrain of a place whose name is familiar to all, but kwn to few. Conquered and Cursed: from the 50,000-strong army of Cambyses, swallowed in a sandstorm in the sixth century B. . Conquered and Cursed: from the 50,000-strong army of Cambyses, swallowed in a sandstorm in the sixth century BC, to the US Marines' first foreign engagement, in 1805; Hannibal and his elephants, Caesar against Anthony and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, the armies of Islam, Napoleon, and Rommel versus Monty. Eamonn Gearon is an Arabist, author, and camel expert. For the past twenty years, he has lived in the Greater Middle East, focusing on policy issues as an analyst and special advisor. Country of Publication.

Eamonn Gearon has basically taken the whole of North Africa as his focus and yet this reads like the best of regional histories. Eamonn takes a very broad canvas, in terms of geographical extent but also in terms of its earliest history. Fortunately the text is supported by a very helpful map, to which I had to refer on countless occasions, so as to keep my own personal orientation, as I followed in Eamonn's steps across the vastness of the Sahara. The Sahara embraces eleven countries and provides an interface between an Islamic north and a more Christian south, and the origins of the latter religious context are explained as the book proceeds.

Eamonn Gearon is a writer and Arabist. For the past twenty years, he has lived in the Greater Middle East, focusing on policy issues, both as an analyst and a professor. History & Military.

The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part of the picture. The largest desert in the world, the Sahara ranges from the river Nile running through Egypt and Sudan in the east, to the Atlantic coast from Morocco to Mauritania in the west; stretching from the Atlas Mountains and the shores of the Mediterranean in the north, to the fluid Sahelian fringe that delineates the desert in the south.Invaders and traders have come and gone for millennia, but the Sahara is also the place that some people call home. While larger than the United States, this vast area contains only three million people. Africans and Arabs, Berber and Bedu, Tuareg and Tebu. Eamonn Gearon explores the history, culture and terrain of a place whose name is familiar to all, but known to few.
INvait
This sat on my shelf for two years before I actually read it. I didn't really have a great interest in the Sahara or deserts in general. After reading this book all of that has changed. The author's love of it is evident and I am pleased with so many of his cross references to events in history and how the Sahara fits in with the world today. A well written and a fine read.
MeGa_NunC
A real tour de force. In a relatively short space, Gearon simply and fluidly sets out every aspect of the Sahara. His time in and love of the area shines through. Almost every page had an interesting factoid. I highly recommend it to anyone going to the middle east and who wants to understand the impact of the Sahara.
SoSok
I was interested in a book that would tell me a lot about the Tuaregs. This book did not. There was just a small section at the end of the book about 21st century Tuaregs.
Zargelynd
Every once in awhile you find a book that surprises you. This is one of them. I have an interest in Middle East history and culture, and I thought this book might be of interest. I was absolutely blown away! Do you remember the best college lecture you ever had? The lecture that inspired you and made you see the world in a new light? Well here it is, but better. Mr Gearon tackles the topic of one of the world's great geographic locations, The Sahara, and brings it alive with true tales of the explorers, natives, and politicians who dared roam and settle it. Just a wonderful book. I would compare Mr Gearon's The Sahara favorably to Charles Mann's 1491 in terms of scope. However, Mr. Gearon's writing is far, far superior. I found 1491 a bit of a slog, while The Sahara was brilliantly written and paced. How often do you find a history book that you can't put down? Well, now you have.
Gravelblade
Not nearly as good was I thought it would be.
Rko
This engrossing book covers so much--from the physical terrain of the Sahara to the explorers and would-be conquerors drawn to it, from the dramatic political and religious history of the region to the well-known movies filmed and set there (Star Wars, The English Patient). I found the chapter on the Sahara's role in World War II particularly compelling.

For anyone with even a passing interest in this remote area of the world, I would highly recommend this book.
Whiteflame
This is a must-read for anyone whose ever loved a work of non-fiction. It's a page-turning collection of knowledge that I loved learning every step of the way. You will be astonished by the history and the evolution of this huge part of our earth. It ALMOST makes me want to cross the Sahara myself!
Gearson, who lived and taught in Saudi Arabia for some years, writes about this country's past, present, and future, a country that hides many facts about itself behind a "sand curtain." Among many interesting facts, he tells that when Mohammad died in 632 CE, virtually all of Saudi Arabia was conquered by him and his followers. A decade later his followers conquered Egypt, ending the first of three extended conquests. About a decade later, the Arabs started their second of three conquests; the third was of parts of Europe. It took 70 years.

He also tells that Saudi Arabia's name means "this is the Arabia that belongs to the family of the Sauds." The Saud family took control of the country in 1932. Its population is 27 million, which includes 7 million non-Saudi workers who perform work that the Saudis do not want to do. It is the 13th largest country in the world. It is the land where Islam began and where al-Qaeda started in 1990. Women make up only 6 % of the work force because the ruling Saudi family comprised of somewhere between 7,000 and 25,000 members have a very low opinion of women and do not allow them to work in most jobs. Some women do work at home using the internet. Oil was discovered in the country in 1938, making Saudi Arabia the largest exporter of oil, and the richest country in the world. Unlike other countries, such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, which is primarily desert, has huge desalinization plants so that its citizens have adequate drinkable water.
Sahara: A Cultural History ebook
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Eamonn Gearon
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