An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East (Hardcover)

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An Arabian Journey is British explorer Levison Wood’s best book yet. Beginning in September 2017, he spends six months circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula, starting in Syria and ending in Lebanon. Trekking on camel through the desert, seeing the front lines of battles in Iraq, stopping off in luxury coastal resorts, and stowing aboard a crowded dhow through pirate-infested waters to Somalia are just a starting list of highlights. The challenges and wonders (both of the natural world and of human making) he describes, and the people he meets along the way, create a stunning cultural snapshot of the contemporary Middle East. -Sara, Atlanta


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Following in the footsteps of famed explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer Levison Wood brings us along on his most complex expedition yet: a circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula.

Starting in September 2017 in a city in Northern Syria, a stone's throw away from Turkey and amidst the deadliest war of the twenty-first century, Wood set forth on a 5,000-mile trek through the most contested region on the planet. He moved through the Middle East for six months, from ISIS-occupied Iraq through Kuwait and along the jagged coastlines of the Emirates and Oman; across a civil-war-torn Yemen and on to Saudia Arabia, Jordan, and Israel, before ending on the shores of the Mediterranean in Lebanon. Like his predecessors, Wood travelled through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, seeking to challenge our perceptions of this often-misunderstood part of the world. Through the relationships he forges along the way--and the personal histories and local mythologies that his companions share--Wood examines how the region has changed over thousands of years and reveals a side of the Middle East we don't often see in the media.

At once a thrilling personal journey and a skillful piece of cultural reportage, Arabia is a breathtaking chronicle of an epic journey through the land at the root of all civilization.

About the Author

Levison Wood is a writer, photographer, and explorer. He is the author of two previous books, Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas, which won the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award. He served in Afghanistan as an officer in the British Army Parachute Regiment and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an international fellow of the Explorers Club. His work has been featured in publications around the world, including National Geographic, Discovery Channel Magazine, and on CNN, Channel 4, and the BBC. When not abroad, he lives in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802147325
ISBN-10: 0802147321
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 368
Language: English