Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956

Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956


By (author) Gavin Maxwell


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  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 22mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0907871143
  • ISBN 13: 9780907871149
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 141,397

Product description

the greatest Moroccan travel book of all time:vital reading for the new upmarket Marrakesh tourism - one of the bibles of British twentieth-century Orientalism - by the author of A Ring of Bright Water - describes the extraordinary medieval nature of Morocco in the twentieth century, focussing on a family who combined the lethal elegance of gangland mobsters with the opulent charm of hereditary Indian princes, fed by a monopoly in drugs and prostitution - a perennial classic for the backlist which will sell and sell - POS material available

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"Contains may superb color photographs that enhance Maxwell's lively narrative."--"Library Journal"

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Lords of the Atlas is a classic story of Morocco and the rise and spectacular fall of the House of Glaoua. Madini and T'hami El Glaoui, sons of a Moroccan Caid by an Ethiopian concubine, rose meteorically to power in the almost medieval state of Morocco at the end of the nineteenth Century. This is the epic story of the more than fifty years in which they governed the country in barbaric, ostentatious splendor, until their spectacular downfall in 1956. Out of the intriguing and dramatic lives of Madair and T'hami, Gavin Maxwell has fashioned an epic story set against the superb background of Marrakesh and the pinnacled castles of the High Atlas, still magnificent as crumbling ruins. A dramatic history of intrigue, action, and exotic places, and illustrated with over one hundred color illustrations and photographs, Lords of the Atlas is a stunning look at the rise and fall of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating rulers. (8 X 9 3/4, 276 pages, color photos, b&w photos, map, illustrations)