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The Resource A tourist in the Arab Spring, by Tom Chesshyre

A tourist in the Arab Spring, by Tom Chesshyre

Label
A tourist in the Arab Spring
Title
A tourist in the Arab Spring
Statement of responsibility
by Tom Chesshyre
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A fascinating street-level account of a lay traveller's journey through lands fresh from revolution. This is humorous, uplifting travel writing with an edgy touch.
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
Dewey number
  • 915.60454
  • 915.6'0454
  • 915.60454
  • 915.60454
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS49.7
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, war reporters rushed to publish accounts of the uprising. Tom Chesshyre took a different approach - he jumped on a plane and became the first to return to the region as a tourist. The result is the fascinating, street-level tale of a lay traveller's journey through lands fresh from revolution. Chesshyre heads for tourist sites that few have seen in recent years, as well as new 'attractions' like Gaddafi's bombed-out bunker in Tripoli. In a book both touching and humorous, he also describes being abducted in Libya, listening to the sound of Kalashnikovs at night and talking to ordinary people struggling to get by. Extract from the introduction... 'I was travelling as a tourist, not as a foreign correspondent with a well-thumbed contacts book and a series of appointments. I would take the temperature of the region during a key period in its history - as a casual visitor. I would see what there was to see as a traveller with a guidebook. Yet by talking to people along the way, I'd get a sense of the bigger picture. That was my hope, at least. Being a tourist would be my way of unlocking the countries. I would take in the wonderful Byzantine ruins of Tunisia, the famous Roman remains in Libya, and the treasures of the pharaohs in Egypt, plus some lovely beaches in the Sinai Peninsula. What would I find out about the Arab Spring as I pottered among the ancient sights? What does an Arab Spring feel like?'
Label
A tourist in the Arab Spring, by Tom Chesshyre
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1 Tunis and Sidi Bouzid: Cigarette Smugglers and Hitchhiking Heroes 1 2 Sidi Bouzid and Garaat Bennour: It Started with a Fruit Seller 12 3 El Jem and Kairouan: Mosques, Marvels and a Near Miss 31 4 Tunis and Carthage: Tanks in the Capital 47 5 Djerba: Lost with the Lotus-eaters 63 6 R'as Ajdir and Tripoli: Tap, Tap, Tap into the Night 80 7 Leptis Magna: There is a Tourist? 99 8 Sabratha and Tripoli: In Brother Leader's Old Bunker 118 9 Benghazi, Cyrene and Qasr al-Haj: Trouble and Tea 138 10 Cairo: Salafists on Tahrir Square 160 11 Cairo, Saqqara and Giza: Pharaohs, Camels and a Yacoubian Building 179 12 Suez and Sharm el-Sheikh: To a Dismal but Profitable Ditch. and on 201 13 Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba and St Catherine's Monastery: Smile: you are in Egypt 220 Acknowledgements 243 Bibliography 244
Control code
BDZ0020762418
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781841626550
Isbn Type
(Mobipocket ebook)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (colour), map (black and white)
Label
A tourist in the Arab Spring, by Tom Chesshyre
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1 Tunis and Sidi Bouzid: Cigarette Smugglers and Hitchhiking Heroes 1 2 Sidi Bouzid and Garaat Bennour: It Started with a Fruit Seller 12 3 El Jem and Kairouan: Mosques, Marvels and a Near Miss 31 4 Tunis and Carthage: Tanks in the Capital 47 5 Djerba: Lost with the Lotus-eaters 63 6 R'as Ajdir and Tripoli: Tap, Tap, Tap into the Night 80 7 Leptis Magna: There is a Tourist? 99 8 Sabratha and Tripoli: In Brother Leader's Old Bunker 118 9 Benghazi, Cyrene and Qasr al-Haj: Trouble and Tea 138 10 Cairo: Salafists on Tahrir Square 160 11 Cairo, Saqqara and Giza: Pharaohs, Camels and a Yacoubian Building 179 12 Suez and Sharm el-Sheikh: To a Dismal but Profitable Ditch. and on 201 13 Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba and St Catherine's Monastery: Smile: you are in Egypt 220 Acknowledgements 243 Bibliography 244
Control code
BDZ0020762418
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781841626550
Isbn Type
(Mobipocket ebook)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (colour), map (black and white)

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