Wilfred Thesiger The Life of the Great Explorer (Hardcover)
|Author: Alexander Maitland|
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|In this authorized biography, Maitland investigates the life of Thesiger (1910-2003), the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, who journeyed for 60 years to some of the remotest, most dangerous places on Earth.|
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Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003), the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, journeyed for sixty years to some of the remotest, most dangerous places on earth from the mountains of western Asia to the marshes of Iraq. The author of Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs and The Life of my Choice, he was a legend in his own lifetime but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma.
In this authorized biography--written with Thesiger's support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive--Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure's family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.An authorized account traces the life and career of the leading 20th-century gentlemen explorer and adventurer, drawing on unique access to the Thesiger archive to cover such topics as his wartime experiences, conservationist philosophy and international friendships. 10,000 first printing.