Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean King
Narrator: Michael Prichard
Genres: Travel
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2014
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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A crucial, forgotten chapter of American history brilliantly retold for a new generation

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

Reviews (1)


Written by Anonymous on November 3rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An incredible book!! Survival, slavery, the Sahara Arab tribes, their customs, their prejudices....Abe Lincoln read this book and I suspect it had a huge influence on him.

Author Details

Author Details

King, Dean

Dean King is the author of many works of nonfiction, including "Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed "and "Every Man Shall Do His Duty". He lives in Richmond, Virginia.