Desert Drivers – Short Histories of North Africa

Desert Drivers – Short Histories of North Africa


by Andrew Goudie

ISBN: 9781900971973 | Published by: Society for Libyan Studies | Year of Publication: December 2020 | Language: English 96p, H216 x W140 (mm)


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A new volume in the Society for Studies series Short North African Histories, this book brings together the best stories of intrepid desert drivers in the early 20th century, crossing the vast and sometimes dangerous expanses of the Sahara.

The exploration of the Sahara – a huge swathe of terrain, the size of India – by motor car is one of the untold chapters in the story of 20th century exploration. This revised version of the successful title Wheels Across the Desert, looks at the intrepid drivers who crossed the desert in the early 20th century – both military and civilian.

About the Author

Andrew Goudie has been a Professor of Geography at Oxford University and an Honorary Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1991 he was awarded the Founders’ Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 2002 he received a medal from the Royal Academy of Belgium and was awarded a DSc by Oxford. In 2007 he was awarded the Geological Society of America’s Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research. His research interests include the geomorphology of deserts, climatic change, environmental archaeology and the impact of humans on the environment. In 2008 he published ‘Wheels Across the Desert – Exploration of the Libyan Desert by Motorcar 1916-1942’.

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