Yemen – The Unknown Arabia
by Tim Macintosh-Smith ISBN 1-58567-001-4 Published at $35.00 by Overlook.
I was wandering through a used book store in Prescott, Arizona. We had just finished a project in Yemen and the book title caught my eye. I purchased the book and started reading the book that night. What a read it was. I lost 3 nights in a row to the book and was rewarded each and every night with vivid histories, descriptions of people places and things – almost to point of not just seeing them in one minds eye but smelling these places and feeling the stones of a path underneath my shoe leather.
So this took me to research who this Tim fellow might be and I found I am far from alone in my accolades for this fellow’s writing but in fact he has a broad and wide following (may it grow). Macintosh-Smith has also produced a series of books on one of my favorite obscure books and adventurers Ibn Battuta’s and recollection titled “The Journey”. To ad to this he also co-wrote a 3 part series with National Geographic called Camels, Courts, and Concubines: The Adventures of Ibn Battutah and The Man Who Walked Around the World.
I urge our readers to visit the web page of the extraordinary gentleman and learn more about a traveler, writer, explorer and a true polymath. Tim-Macintosh-Smith – http://www.mackintosh-smith.com/.
NOTE: We do not just review new books – but those we have enjoyed, no mater their vintage.