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
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.