Wilfred Thesiger was born in 1910 at the British Legation in Addis Ababa, and spent his early years in Abyssinia. He was educated at Eton and Oxford. In the War, serving with the patriots under Orde Wingate in Abyssinia, he was awarded a DSO. He later served with the SOE (in Syria) and the SAS in the Western Desert.
Thesiger’s journeys have won him the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Lawrence of Arabia Medal of the Royal Central Asian Society, the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the Burton Memorial Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
His writing has won him the Heinemann Award; Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature; and Honorary D.Litt. from Leicester University and an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Bath.
In 1968 he was made CBE. He is Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Oxford. He was honoured with a KBE in 1995.
For over twenty years, until 1994, he lived mostly among the pastoral Samburu at Maralal in Northern Kenya. He now lives permanently in London.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Its a classic for as reason!
Purchased and read this book 2 times as I gave away the first copy, and missed it. Read more
Strange that such a book - which is basically a biographical resume of 4 years in the desert - can be that interesting. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Robert Schaus
The exotic Near- and Middle-Eastern lands of the Levant and Arabia Felix were as unknown as possible for the average British or American citizen. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003
It's a wonder of the human spirit that people can go through the things that true adventurers do and want to do them again. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by John Lacey
Had he been born in the 18th or 19th century, Wilfred Thesiger would have explored the Nile or mapped uncharted territory in North America. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by Graymac
Having traversed the Antarctic with Shackleton, Scott, and Mawson, the Himalayas with Maurice Herzog and others, and the high seas on the doomed whaling ship, Essex, I can say that... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Jonathan Brookner
Nice, convenient Penguin edition, with, unusually for Penguin, quite good maps. I am taken by Thesiger's soul baring and his descriptions of all that relates to the Bedouin. Read morePublished on June 20 2002 by José Saavedra
I like this book very much, but the style was very dry so I had to drink a lot of Hawaiian Punch to get through it. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002
Thesiger stands in a long tradition of English who found the deserts of the Middle East hospitable. Wilberforce Clarke, Burton, Doughty, Lawrence, Glubb, Philby (Senior) - the... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2001 by Thomas F. Ogara