A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa

By Steve Kemper

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393346237, 415pp.

Publication Date: August 2013

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
Steve Kemper is the author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa and Code Name Ginger, as well as many articles for national magazines. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.