My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou...an Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara by Jeroen Van Bergeijk (Paperback / softback)
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Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
A journalist's intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa.
Look, there's my car, I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot.
Where? a fellow desert traveler asks.
There, that Mercedes, I say.
He looks at me, questioning. You want to drive that through the Sahara?
Jeroen van Bergeijk came up with what seemed like a great scheme for making a quick profit: buy a clunker of a car in his native Amsterdam and resell it in the Third World, where a market even for jalopies still thrives. His chariot of choice is a rusted-out 1988 Mercedes 190D with 220,000 kilometers on its odometer; his route will take him from Holland through Morocco, across the Sahara, and into some of the least trodden parts of Africa.
My Mercedes Is Not for Sale is a rollicking tale of an incent abroad. The author finds himself facing a driving challenge akin to the Dakar Rally but encounters obstacles never dreamed of by race-car drivers: active minefields, occasional banditry--mostly by the border guards--and a teenage, chain-smoking desert guide with a fondness for Tupac lyrics. Food and water are scarce, sandstorms are frequent, and all he has to patch up his many car breakdowns thousands of miles from civilization is a bar of soap, some duct tape, and a pair of women's nylons. Then there's the coup he survived.
My Mercedes Is Not for Sale captures more than the adventure--it vividly portrays the impact of globalization on Africa through a surprise-filled journey into its thriving car culture, while asking the question: is the white man's burden really a used car?
- Author BiographyJEROEN VAN BERGEIJK is a journalist based in Amsterdam and has written for The New York Times, Wired, and many other publications in Europe and the United States.
- Author(s)Jeroen Van Bergeijk
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight186 g
- Width135 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byJohn Antonides
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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