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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

by Joshua Hammer

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
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And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
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Joshua Hammer

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To save precious centuries-old Islamic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of "Ocean's Eleven."