An Arabian Journey

An Arabian Journey

One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East

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Baker & Taylor
An award-winning TV adventurer and best-selling travel writer, following in the footsteps of famed explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, describes his expedition around the Arabian peninsula, from Iraq to Lebanon.

Perseus Publishing
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.
From award-winning TV adventurer and best-selling travel writer Levison Wood, an enthralling account of his expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, from Iraq to Lebanon.

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Award-winning author, photographer, and explorer, Wood shares his experiences and photos of the Middle East. A British Army officer, he is noted for his walking expeditions in Africa, Asia, and Central America. With looks evocative of Sean Connery, this real adventurer set out in September 2017 to circumnavigate the Arabian Peninsula, covering 5,000 miles through Syria, Iraq, the Gulf, Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Holy Land, ending in Lebanon. At different points he was: embedded with Iraqi soldiers who were fighting ISIS; encountered Palestinian guerillas; and went to Palmyra while it was under Russian control. He memorializes his journeys in books, photography, and documentaries. Annotation ©2019 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, 2019
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802147325
Branch Call Number: 915.30454 WOO
Characteristics: x, 354 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly colour) ;,24 cm


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