Michael Benanav is an author and freelance photographer known for immersing in foreign cultures and bringing compelling stories and images back from distant places. His most recent book is Himalayan Bound.
Michael's first book, Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, tells the true story of a 1000-mile journey with one of the world's last working camel caravans, hauling salt along ancient trade routes from the heart of the desert to the fabled city of Timbuktu. The book was nominated by Barnes & Noble for their Discover prize and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (even though it was written for fully-grown adults). Michael's second book, The Luck of the Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love, & Survival in the Holocaust, (originally published as Joshua & Isadora), traces the astonishing wartime experiences that brought his paternal grandparents together on the deck of a refugee boat sailing from Bucharest to Istanbul at the end of 1944.
His latest book, Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals & an Ancient Way of Life, follows a family of nomadic water buffalo herders on their annual spring migration into the Indian Himalayas - offering an intimate glimpse into a rarely-seen way of life, while exploring the challenges faced by this endangered tribe. It was named one of the three best books of 2018 by the Society of American Travel Writers.
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