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In Search of Nomads by John Ure

In Search of Nomads

by John Ure

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John Ure, a former UK Ambassador, assembles a series of accounts about nomadic peoples is different parts of the world. The interest lies both in the series of larger than life characters, including a fair measure of oddballs, who travelled with nomads, as much as in the nomadic peoples themselves. ( )
  DramMan | Feb 9, 2018 |
A travelogue with great gulps of culture thrown in. This is one of my favorite books! ( )
  Nero56 | Apr 7, 2015 |
This book is essentially a synopsis of the lives of characters who spent time with nomadic tribes in Northern Africa or Central Asia. It does read very much like "a potted history of..." but contains the more interesting details of these peoples lives. As such it probably tells you as much about their interests as the lifestyles of the peoples they were fascinated with. It is a very readable book and does contain a little detail of the authors own experiences. ( )
  shushokan | Mar 20, 2013 |
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For centuries, settled peoples have contemplated nomads with fascination and envy, or with disdain and fear. Both Americans and the British have had an obsession with nomadic peoples, stemming from their own wanderlust and admiration for the unfettered life.
In Search of Nomads centers on four regions that are rich in nomadic culture—the Arabian peninsula with its Bedouin, the Sahara with its Moors and Tuareg, the mountain ranges of southern Iran with its migratory pastoral tribes, and the steppes of Central Asia with its Mongol horsemen and Tartar descendants. Author John Ure has traveled with all of these peoples and provides a brief account of the special characteristics and history of each group. However, one of the most appealing aspects of the book is the insight it provides into the often-eccentric British and American observers who chose to seek out and travel with nomads. Some were exiles from nineteenth-century high society, some were footloose adventurers like T. E. Lawrence; some were distinguished literary figures like Vita Sackville-West, while others were notable scholars like Gertrude Bell. In short, the visitors were often odder than the exotic peoples they visited, and John Ure brings both to life with skill and humor.

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From time immemorial settled people have contemplated nomads with a mixture of fascination, envy, disdain and fear. In this work, John Ure looks at four regions of the world that are rich in nomadic culture and explains their special characteristics and what he has learnt about their past.… (more)

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