A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa

By Steve Kemper
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393346237, 415pp.

Publication Date: August 2013

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Yet because of shifting politics, European preconceptions about Africa, and his own thorny personality, Barth has been almost forgotten. The general public has never heard of him, his epic journey, or his still-pertinent observations about Africa and Islam; and his monumental five-volumeTravels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa is rare even in libraries. By delivering the first biography on Barth in English, Steve Kemper goes a long way to rescue this fascinating figure from obscurity.

About the Author
A freelance journalist for more than thirty years, Steve Kemper has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Outside, and the Wall Street Journal. The author of A Splendid SavageandLabyrinth of Kingdoms, he lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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