Published 60 years ago, Arabian Sands is one of the world’s greatest travel books by one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century, Sir Wilfred Thesiger. Driven by his aversion to modern life, Thesiger takes us twice on camelback across the most unforgiving land on earth, the Rub’ al Khali, the Empty Quarter. His keen eye and sharp pen immerse us in the Bedu way of life, unchanged for thousands of years. If you want to learn about these desert peoples’ arduous and paradoxical lives, there is no greater book. Thesiger’s classic is not only invaluable in helping us understand the Middle East, it reveals how we can understand and learn from all kinds of people. It shows us how to boldly and humbly zig zag through life in an engaged, watchful and fruitful way.