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Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 15, 2005
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In the best travel-writing tradition, Angry Wind recounts an arduous journey, revealing the hardships of roughing it on the backroads of some of the world's poorest countries. In the region just south of the Sahara, the Sahel, traveling overland from Chad through Nigeria, Niger and Mali, the author provides wonderful insight into this seldom visited and often misunderstood part of the world. In the complicated post 9/11 world, America is often seen as the aggressor, especially in Muslim countries, and Tayler is frequently the target of animosity when the people he meets learn his nationality. My hat is off to him for overlooking some of the harsh words thrown his way and trying to understand the motivation of the inhabitants of this arid region. It helps that Tayler is fluent in French and Arabic, two languages that see him through quite a few sticky situations.
In addition to learning a lot about the Sahel I very much appreciated Tayler's descriptions of the people and the dire situations they struggle to survive in. Many of the towns and cities he visits eke out a hand-to-mouth existence; daily survival is very much a challenge that we in the West can't begin to comprehend. The filth, poverty and malnutrition serve to color the people's view of the world and, according to the author, provide a ripe breeding ground for Islamic extremism.Read more ›
Jeffrey Tayler must have had this saying in his mind when embarking on his extraordinary journey across the Sahel from Northern Chad to Senegal on the Atlantic Coast. His book follows in the footsteps of famous explorers of the Sahara/Sahel in centuries past, starting with Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus to Mungo Park and Heinrich Barth. Tayler deserves an honoured place among them.
An experienced traveler in difficult terrains, as described in previous books, he set himself an unusually challenging itinerary. He trekked mainly through remote rural areas at the southern edge of the Sahara, relying on local transport and local people for assistance in his quest. The two-month excursion took place in early 2003 (prior to the invasion of Iraq) but the shadow of 9/11 confronted him everywhere, with varying degrees of vehemence. One of his objectives, in fact, had been to explore the reactions of local people to the conflicts between his home country, USA, and this part of Africa that is predominantly Muslim. He wanted to hear their concerns and how they judged American politics and treated an American in their midst. His fluency in Arabic and French as well as familiarity with Arab and West African Muslim cultures were essential preconditions for this adventure.
And it was an adventure in all respects: threat of bandits, lack of safe food and water, breaking down vehicles, military and border bureaucrats' attempts to block his way. He followed far-flung desert tracks into regions foreigner had rarely ventured to enter. Chad is not on tourist maps, nor is the northern region of Nigeria. Neither is Niger, the second poorest country in the world.Read more ›
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I am in the travel book mode this winter--after finishing Blood River by Tim Butcher---I found this book on Amazon. Read morePublished 22 days ago by J. Luis Madrid
"Angry Wind" is a brief travelogue of Jeffrey Tayler's trip to Chad, Nigeria, Niger, and Mali. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M.B.
Jeffrey Tayler makes a passing reference to Franz Fanon's classic cri de coeur, The Wretched of the Earth in this account of his travels through the Sahel region of Africa. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by John P. Jones III
Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel is an impressive and highly engaging book that documents Mr. Taylor's adventure in Africa's Sahel region. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Jason Barry
Angry Winds was so enjoyable that I had to force myself to put the book down. It's an edge of your seat book for travel enthusiasts.Published on January 14, 2012 by Michael B
Contemporary adventure with some timely historical perspective for us "not so well informed" on African colonial history and once again the folly of empire building and the... Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Bob Beck
I read Tayler's Facing the Congo, and immediately afterwards decided to make this the next travelogue I would read. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by T.P.
Africa is a litmus test for most travelers and countries like Chad, Nige, Mali and Nigeria make the test a few notches more difficult. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by Sharad Yadav